Rates rebates

Changes have been made to the Rates Rebate Scheme for the rating year beginning July 1, 2015.

  • The maximum rebate has increased from $605 to $610.
  • The income threshold has increased from $24,250 to $24,440.
  • The additional income allowance for dependants remains at $500 per dependant.

If you earned more than $24,440 (plus $500 per dependant) for the 2014-2015 tax year you could still be eligible.  Contact the Council for more information. Rates rebate application forms are available from the Council or from www.ratesrebates.govt.nz

When you apply for a rates rebate, please provide:

  • Proof of income (before tax) for the tax year ended March 31, 2015.
  • Your rates notice, including your Environment Southland rates notice.
  • Proof of your partner/joint home owner’s income if she/he lives with you.

For further help, email Customer Services  or phone (03) 211 1777 . Applications close on June 30, 2016.

NOTE: The Department of Internal Affairs rates rebate information includes eligibility examples and a rebate calculator.