Apply for a rates rebate

The Rates Rebate Scheme provides a rebate of up to $640 for low income earners who were paying rates for the home in which they were living on July 1 2019.

How is my rebate calculated?

Your rebate is calculated based on your income, rates and the number of dependants living with you.

The income eligibility for a rebate is $25,660. However, if your income exceeds this amount you could still be entitled to a rebate depending on the total costs of your rates and the number of dependants. Please refer to the application form or your local council for more information. 

Find out if you are eligible

How to apply

What information do I need to provide?

  • Accurate information about your income (and that of any spouse/partner and/or joint home owner who lives with you) for the tax year ended 31 March 2019.
  • Details of all Gross Income (BEFORE TAX) – 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 financial year
  • Personal Tax Summary – available from Inland Revenue.
  • Wages & Salary -(Tax Summary from IRD/employer)
  • Work & Income Benefit & Superannuation -(If your sole income is NZ Superannuation you do not need to provide proof of income.)
  • Additional Allowances - Additional to the benefit e.g.AccommodationBenefit – (from WINZ)
  • In work Tax credits, Minimum Family Tax Credits & Parental Tax Credits –(from IRD)
  • Gross Interest/Dividends earned between1 April 2018to 31 March 2019
  • Rental Income/Shares/Overseas Benefits or income
  • YourHorizons Regional Council rates bill.

Where to obtain proof of income

Ministry of Social Development – New Zealand Superannuation enquiries  Freephone: 0800 552 002
Email: seniors@msd.govt.nz  
Work and Income – people under 65 enquiries Freephone: 0800 559 009
Inland Revenue – Income Tax enquiries Freephone: 0800 775 247
Website: www.ird.govt.nz
Working for Families – Tax Credit enquiries: Freephone: 0800 227 773 

Complete an application form

If you haven't received a property rates rebate application and you think you might be eligible, download a property rates rebate application form(PDF, 361KB).

If you live in a retirement village and want a property rates rebate, you will need to complete a declaration(PDF, 595KB).

For assistance filling out the form, use the property rates rebate application guide(PDF, 853KB) or call us to discuss your application on 06 349 0001.

Return the form to us

By email

Scan your property rate rebate application form, along with supporting documents, and email them to rates@whanganui.govt.nz

By post

Send your completed property rates rebate application form, along with supporting documents, to:

Whanganui District Council
PO Box 637
WHANGANUI 4540

In person

We have found that the most efficient way to process an application is for the applicant to complete the form in conjunction with a staff member, who is then able to witness the declaration on the form. You need to allow about 15 minutes for this and you can make an appointment via our online booking calendar or telephone us on 06 349 0001.

Book an appointment online

If you received a rebate for the previous year you will receive a letter in August / September prompting you to telephone for an appointment.

Need assistance to complete the form?

Please make an appointment with us via our online booking calendar or give us a call on 06 349 0001

Applications close on 30 June 2020.