The Rates Rebate Scheme was established in 1973 to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates. The Government has increased the rates rebate thresholds - more people than ever before will be eligible for the rebate.
The following changes came into effect on 1 July 2016:
- Maximum rebate remains the same at $610
- Income threshold increased from $24,440 to $24,470 p.a.
- Additional income allowance for dependants remains at $500 per dependant.
Are you eligible?
Although a ratepayer's income might exceed the income threshold a rates rebate could still be available, depending on the rates amount and number of dependants - see the example tables or electronic calculator to see if you could be eligible.
How to apply
Ratepayers apply to their local council for a rates rebate. You can print and complete the following application form to apply. However, please wait until you get your 2015/16 rates bill before you see your council about a rebate.
When applying for the rates rebate you will need:
- Your Napier City Council rates invoice (Hawke's Bay Regional Council rates may also be included)
- Details of your income (before tax) for the previous tax year
- Proof of your partner/joint homeowner's income if he/she lives with you.
Note: If your name is not on the rates bill you may qualify if you are a beneficial owner under the terms of a will or trust. Confirmation of this would be required. Please contact rates staff for assistance.
If you are granted a rates rebate the council will credit your rates account by the amount of the rebate.