Reminder: Rates rebates for pensioners

Reminder: Rates rebates for pensioners

City of Johannesburg offers attractive rates rebates for pensioners and property owners aged 60 and older. There are two broad categories of rebates applicable, one for for pensioners aged 70 or greater and one for lower-income persons aged between 60 and 69.

The City of Johannesburg budget for 2018/2019 was finally approved on 12 June. Applications can now be made either for the over 60s or the over 70s Rates Rebate which comes into effect from 1 July 2018. Pensioners must be over 70, own and live in their house which does not have a municipal valuation of more than R2.5 million.

Rebates are also available for persons aged 60 to 69, but these are income related and a different form is to be completed. Houses registered in the name of family members or a Trust are not eligible to receive the rates rebate.

Completed application forms need to be submitted before 30 June (the date the existing rates rebate falls away).
All application forms and a copy of your ID have to be certified by a Commissioner of Oaths. Completed forms should be physically taken to a CoJ office (not emailed or posted) to make sure they are recorded correctly and a reference number received.

Qualifying persons are urged to apply NOW (before end June) before the old rebate scheme ends and the new July 1st general valuation roll applies.

The City’s group finance spokesperson, Kgamanyane Maphologela, explained that pensioners can, however, still apply before September for their rates paid from July to be reversed. Pensioners will still be able to apply for rebates after that, but without a promise of any reversals.

The available rebate categories:

1. Persons aged 70 years or older.
These persons are offered a 100% rates rebate if they own and live in their property and its municipal valuation does not exceed R2.5 million. Criteria: You are the owner of the property​ in respect of which the rates are charged. You live on the property. You are at least 70 years old. Documentation required: a completed application form and a certified copy of your identity document.
​Download the application form here: Pensioner rates rebate application form 70+

2. Persons aged 60 to 69 years.
There are three categories of eligible persons and applicable rebates:
a) Pensioners dependent on a national security grant – 100 percent rebate (subject to criteria);
b) Pensioners whose gross monthly earnings are less than R7 850 a month – 100 percent rebate (subject to criteria);
c) Pensioners whose gr​oss monthly earnings are higher than R7 850 but less than R13 458 a month – 50 percent rebate (subject to criteria).​
Criteria: You are the owner of the property in respect of which the rates are charged; You live on the property;
You are at least 60 years old; The total value of the property as per the General Valuation Roll, that is, the land plus the improvements, may not exceed R2.5 million. Documentation required: your identity document; proof of income for the previous tax year (a SARS assessment); and proof of current income.
Download this application form here: Pensioner rates rebate application form 60 to 69