2008-08-25: Only six days left to submit application for rates rebates
JOHANNESBURG residents have just six days left to submit their rates rebate applications forms. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2008.
However, as the 31 August falls on a Sunday and as the City’s Customer Service Centres do not open on a Sunday, applications should be submitted by no later than Saturday to the Customer Service Centres that open on Saturday mornings.
Pensioners, in particular, should ensure that they submit applications if they meet the criteria, says Erika Naude, the City’s Director:Rates & Taxes.
"In the case of pensioners only, this application will be valid for two years. In the case of other applicants (like schools, or community organisations, NGOs, heritage sites and so on), the application (if approved) is only valid for one year," she says.
The following residents are eligible for rebates:
Pensioners (who must be 60 years or older; must own and live in the property to which the rates are applicable) and either
Be dependant on a National Security Grant (qualify for a100% rebate);
Have a gross monthly income of less than R5 000 (qualify for a100% rebate)
Have a gross income of between R5 000 and R9 000 (qualify for a 50% rebate)
Public Benefit Organisations
Welfare and humanitarian services, health care services and educational and development services may qualify for 100% rebate but must submit an application with relevant forms (including proof of registration in terms of the Income Tax Act as a Public Benefit Organisation);
Private sports clubs
May qualify for a 40% rebate if they are either
unable to pay for the property rates;
where the membership of the club is open to previously disadvantaged persons;
where the land owned by the club is used primarily for sporting activities; or
the club is involved in sports development programmes for previously disadvantaged communities.
Owners of vacant land may qualify for a 50% rebate if the City has refused to give planning permission to develop a property as a result of the City being unable to provide basic municipal services (this includes Eskom power supply areas).
All primary and secondary public and independent schools qualify for a 50% rebate which is automatically applied if registered with the Gauteng Department of Education;
Tertiary education facilities such as universities, technikons and colleges qualify for a 20% rebate which is automatically applied.
Farming and agricultural
If the property is zoned for farming or agricultural and the owner is taxed by SARS as a bona fide farmer, the entire property receives a 55% rebate (including the house and other facilities);
No sliding scale will be applied to properties larger than 1 hectare.
"Residents entitled to rebates are still required to pay their bills in full until the rebate is applied. The rebate will then be backdated to 1 July 2008 and credited to the next month's account," says Naudé.