You may be eligible for a rates reduction as part of the Government's rate rebate scheme for low income earners.
A rates rebate is a reduction to annual rates for people that own a property.
The amount of the rebate depends on your income, how much you pay in rates and the number of dependants you have. Your income is based on the tax year ending 31 March and includes your spouse's income. You can make one application per household.
The maximum rebate is $655.
If you qualify for a rates rebate, this will be applied to your rates account. You must pay the remaining instalment balances by the due date. If you have paid your annual rates in full for the current rating year, you can request a refund of your rates rebate.
You can apply for a rates rebate at any time during the rating year you are applying for, but the rebate can’t be backdated for previous rating years.
Use the rates rebate calculator on the NZ Government website to see if you are eligible.
If you started receiving one of the following benefits before 31 March, you do not need to declare any other income that you received in that financial year.
- Supported Living Payment or emergency benefit substitute
- Sole Parent Support or emergency benefit substitute
- Veterans Pension (NZ or reciprocal agreement with other countries)
This provision does not apply to the Job Seeker or NZ Superannuation benefits.
Residents of retirement villages can also apply for a rates rebate. If you live in a retirement village, your village manager must complete and sign a declaration form.
Retirement village residents - declaration form
How to apply
You can apply for a rebate using the form below.
Department of Internal Affairs rates rebate application form
You will need to provide the following information:
- information on your income (before tax) for the previous tax year (ending 31 March)
- information on your partner’s/joint homeowner's income for the previous tax year if they lived with you on 1 July
- applicants from retirement villages will also need to supply their declaration of contribution from their retirement village operator, and a personal bank account number. Once processed the rates rebate will be refunded directly into the applicant’s bank account.
Witnessing and sending
A recent law change means that you no longer need to have your rates rebate application witnessed by an authorised person.
Simply complete the rates rebate application form and drop it in to your local library or our 91 Willow St service centre.
Alternatively, you can post to Private Bag 12022, Tauranga 3143.
Last Reviewed: 02/10/2020