Let’s face it, everyone would like to pay less on their rates.
The good news is you may be eligible for a rebate. The Gore District Council processes about 530 applications each year under the Rates Rebate Scheme, which it administers on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs.
Do you qualify?
Rebates are calculated on your household income, rates and the number of dependants you have.
This year the maximum rebate amount is $700.
To help you calculate whether you qualify, use this handy rebate calculator the Department of Internal Affairs has created a rebate calculator DIA's website.
Who can apply?
You can apply for a rebate, which is credited to your rates, if you meet the following criteria:
- You are the legal owner of the property
- you have been living at the address since the start of the current rating year (1 July)
- You have a low income or receive a benefit
If the property is being used mainly for business, farming, commercial or industrial purposes, or is not your usual place of residence you cannot claim a rates rebate.
When can you apply?
Applications open on 1 July and can be made anytime up to the end of the rating year. Applications close on 30 June for this present rating year (2022/23).
How to apply
Applications can be made on the DIA website. Click here for the link to the website. You can download the form here or pick up one from our main office.
Our staff are more than happy to help you with an application and will even come to your home if it's difficult for you to visit our office.
Rebates are granted under the Rates Rebate Act 1973 and you must provide income information so the rebate can be calculated. You will also have to supply the following supporting information:
- a copy of your rates account, and
- proof of your income for the previous tax year.