The Rates Rebate Scheme was established by the Government in 1973 to provide a subsidy of up to $610 on rates for low income earners. Your rebate will be calculated based on your income, rates and how many dependants you have. The Government, following a review of the Scheme, has further increased the rates rebate thresholds for the 2016/17 rating year.
The following changes came into effect on 1 July 2016
- Maximum allowable rates rebate will remain at $610
- Income threshold increased to $24,470
To be eligible for a rates rebate you need to earn less than $24,470.
When applying for a rates rebate please bring with you:
A copy of your 2016/17 Matamata-Piako District Council rates account (available from August 2016)
A copy of your 2016/17 Waikato Regional Council rates account (available from Septmber 2016) call 0800 800 401.
A copy of your Income Certificate from Inland Revenue for the 2015/16 year from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. Please supply certificates for any spouse/partner or joint home owner who lives in the dwelling with you. Contact Inland Revenue on 0800 227 774.
A copy of any certificates stating interest earned on investments to 31 March 2016.
The last day to apply for the 2016/17 year is 30 June, 2017. Appointments for the 2016/17 year are available from September 2016, please contact Customer Services on 0800 746 467 to find out more information or to book an appointment. For further information on the Rates Rebate Scheme, visit the Department of Internal Affairs.