The City of Johannesburg has advised pensioners to submit new applications for pensioners’ rebates for the period that started on 1 July, for the 2018 General Valuation Roll.
The period for the granting of pensioners’ rebates coincides with the implementation of the 2018 General Valuation Roll (normally a four-year period, unless extended). The property value threshold and criteria for qualifying income levels have changed as well. All these changes necessitate the submission of new applications.
Pensioners currently receiving a rebate are requested to submit their applications not later than 30 September. Adjustments (back-dated rebate benefits) will be done on all accounts where applications are received between 1 July and 30 September. Applications received after 30 September will be treated as new applications for the rebate.
This is according to the Group Finance Department spokesperson, Kgamanyane Stan Maphologela.
Pensioners must re-apply to qualify for the rebate by filling in the form available at any of the Customer Service Centres or downloaded from the City’s website at www.joburg.org.za, or it can be e-mailed to you upon provision of your e-mail address.
Application forms can be submitted at your nearest Customer Service Centre, or e-mailed to [email protected] or posted to Rates & Taxes (Rebates), PO Box 5000, Johannesburg, 2000.
The form, certified by a Commissioner of Oaths, should be submitted with certified copies of your South African ID and pension card, and a proof of income or certified copies of three months’ bank statements.
To qualify for a pensioner’s rebate, property owners must be 60 years of age or older, and in the case of dual ownership, at least one of the owners must be 60 years or older.
Pensioners must own the property and personally occupy it, and the property value as stated in the 2018 General Valuation Roll must not exceed R2 500 000.
The approved property rebates are:
– Overall property rates for the 2018/ 2019 financial year remain unchanged. However, the residential property rebate threshold increased from R200 000 to R350 000. This means the first R350 000 of the value of all residential property is exempted from rating.
–The pensioner property rebate threshold increased from R2 000 000 to R2 500 000.
–There is a 100 per cent rebate for pensioner owners whose gross monthly household income is lower than R14 991 and who reside in a property valued at not more than R2 500 000.
– There is a 50 per cent rebate for pensioner owners whose gross monthly income is higher than R14 991 but lower than R15 846 who reside in a property valued at not more than R2 500 000.
– Pensioners aged 70 or more, irrespective of income, who own and reside in a property valued at not more than R2,5 million will qualify for a 100 per cent rebate.
– Pensioners on a National Security Grant also qualify for a 100 per cent rebate.
–The property rebate threshold for persons who qualify for the City’s Expanded Social Package will increase from R450 000 to R500 000.
The City is pushing to ensure that less fortunate residents, the poor and especially pensioners are shielded from the rising cost of living and the weak economy, and will use its resources to ensure that a significant number of struggling pensioners and the vulnerable can still afford to stay in their homes.
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