Are you eligible for a Rates Rebate?

Horowhenua rates rebates available

Around 2,200 Horowhenua ratepayers received a rates rebate in the 2022/23 rating year. If eligible, you are entitled to a rates rebate of up to a maximum of $750 for the 2023/24 rating year.

Mayor Bernie Wanden says, “We are trying to make the rates rebates application process as easy as possible to ensure everyone eligible receives the rebate. You no longer need to book time with a Council officer to complete your application, but they are on hand if you do need help.”

Group Manager Organisation Performance Jacinta Straker says, “If your only income is from benefits and you complete our Rates Rebate Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Income Release Waiver form, we’ll get your proof of income on your behalf. This saves you from having to go between Council and MSD. There’s no need to come and sign the form in the presence of a Council Officer. You simply need to complete the form, which will be included in your August rates notice. The forms are also available at our Civic Building and on our website.”

The Rates Rebate Scheme provides a rebate of up to $750 for people whose annual income is $30,100 or less and who are paying rates for the home they were living in on 1 July 2023. Rebates are calculated based on your household income, the number of dependents living with you and the total amount of rates for 2023/24. Proof of income from IRD is required if you receive other sources of income (e.g. interest, rentals) on top of your benefit.

For example, suppose your rates are $3,000 in total for Horowhenua District Council and Horizons Regional Council combined, and your income is closer to $40,000. In that case, you are eligible for approximately $600.

Even if you earn up to $45,000 you may still be eligible for some level of rebate.

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