Rates Rebates

Did you know that you may be eligible for assistance with your rates as part of the Government's Rate Rebate Scheme to provide assistance towards rates for Superannuitants and lower income property owners? 

The amount of rebate depends on a combined income of all property owners, the amount of rates charged, and may include the number of dependants you have. This is not means tested or based on your current savings balance, only on income.

How much..

The maximum rebate for the 2017/18 rating year is $620.00

Where it comes from..

This pool of money comes from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and is funded from taxes.

Am I eligible?

To find out whether you are eligible, check out the DIA's example tables or electronic calculator.

How often do I need to apply..

While applications are initially gathered and applied to your rates account by our council staff, all applications are processed fully by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).

Once we have received all of your paperwork, this is then forwarded to the DIA, no information is kept on file by us from year to year. The Rebate must be applied for, fresh each year.

When and how to apply..

The rating year runs from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 and it is now time to make arrangements to apply for the rebate.

Appointments are necessary to obtain your rebate. Please telephone the following to arrange an appointment time at the location that serves you best – please quote the valuation reference (for Waikari please ring the Amberley Office):

Hurunui District Council Amberley Office

66 Carters Road, Amberley

Phone 03 314 8816

Cheviot Service Centre

39 Hall Street, Cheviot

Phone 03 3198134

Hanmer Springs Library/Service Centre

Cnr Amuri Avenue and Cheltenham St, Hanmer Springs

Phone 03 315 7912

Amuri Community Library / Service Centre

Amuri School, School Rd, Culverden

Phone 03 315 3008

Waikari Medical Centre

100 Princes St Waikari

Phone 03 314 8816

Service Centre’s / Libraries – available dates and time – please phone to make an appointment

Amberley Office 

03 314 8816

Appointments for Amberley from Monday 17 July 2017 to Friday 18th August 2017 will be:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 8.30am to 11.30am. and

Tuesday and Thursdays – 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Wednesday mornings only 8.30am to 11.30am from 21st August 2017 onwards.

Other appointments times/locations as below:

 

July

August

September

Amuri

Thursday 20 July

10.00am to 2.00pm

Tuesday 8 Aug

 9.00am to 3.00pm

 

Cheviot

Tuesday 25 July

10.00am  to 3.00pm

Tuesday 15 Aug 10.00am to 3.00

Tuesday 12 September 10am to 3.00pm

Hanmer Springs

Thursday 27 July

12.15pm to 3.00

Thursday 3 August    12.15pm to 3.00

 

Waikari

 

Thurs 10 August 9.00am to 3.00pm

 

What do I need to bring..

Bring your latest rates assessment, along with evidence of your gross household income for the tax year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 – this is important.

If you are acting on behalf of someone else, please bring a ‘Power of Attorney’ document.

Source of Income

Evidence to bring

Interest & Dividends

Bank or company tax certificates

Any payment from WINZ for the “full year”

No income evidence required

Any payment from WINZ for the  a part year

Contact IRD for a Certificate of Earnings

Employment

Gross income for the tax year ended 31 March 2017. Your employer or the IRD can provide this.

Self Employed

Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017. Your accountant or tax agent can provide this – this must include a list of expenses claimed from IRD.

You cannot apply for a rebate if you:

Family Trusts

These are more complex and you are best advised to telephone and discuss before you visit.

For more information on rates rebates you can visit the Department of Internal Affairs website.