Rates Rebate Scheme

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 do I app​​​ly?

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

If you live in a retirement village and want a property rates rebate, you will need to complete a declaration.

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

Once you have a completed an application form you can return it to us using one the following methods.

By Em​​ail​​

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

By P​​​ost​

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

Whanganui District Council
PO Box 637
WHANGANUI 4540

In Per​​son​​

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.

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

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. Accommodation Benefit – (from WINZ)  
  • In work Tax credits, Minimum Family Tax Credits & Parental Tax Credits – (from IRD)
  • Gross Interest/Dividends earned between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
  • Rental Income/Shares/Overseas Benefits or income
  • Your Horizons Regional Council rates bill. 

​​Where to obtain proof of i​​​ncome

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

Need assistance to complete the form?

P​lease 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.

Visit the Department of Internal Affairs website for more information.​

Page reviewed: 26 Jul 2019 10:26am