COVID-19 Rates Relief
Council is working to support ratepayers, businesses and community groups who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that many businesses have closed or have significantly reduced their trading hours. This has resulted in large numbers of people becoming unemployed and experiencing financial hardship nationally, and our residents and ratepayers are not immune to this.
2020/2021 10% Council Rates Remission
As part of Council’s targeted response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a 10% remission off 2020/2021 Council rates will be provided to eligible ratepayers that have been financially impacted by the pandemic. This is available to all ratepayers whether direct or indirect such as tenants.
Applications must be submitted accompanied by the relevant proof by 7 October 2020. All information provided will be treated as private and confidential. Each application will be considered on its own merits.
Who is Eligible?
All ratepayers who can prove to the satisfaction of Council the following:
- Businesses and community groups directed to close by State Government regulations
- Acceptance on the JobKeeper program
- Acceptance on JobSeeker payment
- A reduction of 15% or more of the combined income of listed ratepayers due to COVID-19 and accompanied by a Statutory Declaration stating that the ratepayer (or ratepayers if there are multiple ratepayers stated on the rates notice) has suffered an overall decrease in income of 15% or more due to COVID-19 and that all evidence provided in the application is true and correct.
How do I apply?
Apply using the City of Mitcham’s online application form with the attached proof of eligibility by 7 October 2020. If you have any queries relating to your application, please email Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
Types of Eligibility
- Business forced/directed to close by State Government regulations
- Business receiving JobKeeper
- Business with a 15% decrease in income due to COVID-19
- Landlord/Managing agent with 15% decrease in income due to COVID-19
- Residential receiving JobKeeper
- Residential receiving JobSeeker
- Residential with a 15% decrease in income due to COVID-19
- Self-funded retiree with a 15% decrease in income due to COVID-19
What Evidence should I provide?
If you are a business ratepayer that was forced/directed to close due to COVID-19 by State Government regulations
- Business registration information that confirms the type of business that you operate.
If you are a business ratepayer receiving JobKeeper
- Copy of a business monthly declaration for JobKeeper
- Copy of bank statements showing the receipt of JobKeeper from the ATO
- Letter from your accountant on letterhead confirming that you are a business owner whose business has been accepted on the JobKeeper program.
If you are a business ratepayer with a 15% decrease in income due to COVID-19 (as many of the following are relevant)
- BAS Statements or bank statements showing a loss of income by 15% or more due to COVID-19 such as Statements from a normal trading period and from a COVID-19 affected period and a Statutory Declaration (see below)
- Correspondence showing the cancellation of work/appointments/bookings etc due to COVID-19 or similar and a Statutory Declaration (see below)
If you are a landlord or managing agent with a 15% decrease in income due to COVID-19
- Correspondence with each tenant confirming that you have reduced the rent/lease charges by 15% or more due to COVID-19 and a Statutory Declaration (see below).
- Rental statements showing a comparison of income from a normal period and a COVID-19 affected period and a Statutory Declaration (see below)
- Bank statements showing a comparison of income from a normal period and a COVID-19 affected period and a Statutory Declaration (see below)
If you are a residential ratepayer receiving JobKeeper
- Copy of payslip in your name from your employer showing JobKeeper payments
- Letter from your employer addressed to you by name (not a bulk email) confirming that you are being paid under JobKeeper program.
- Copy of bank statements in your name showing receipt of JobKeeper payments
- Copy of a payment summary from your employer showing JobKeeper received
If you are a residential ratepayer receiving JobSeeker
- Centrelink statement or Centrelink payment advice confirming JobSeeker payment
- Copy of bank statement showing JobSeeker payment in the description
If you are a Residential ratepayer with a 15% decrease in income due to COVID-19
- A Letter from your employer on letterhead, addressed to you, confirming the reduction in income by 15% or more due to COVID-19 and a Statutory Declaration (see below)
- Payslips showing a normal income period and a COVID-19 affected period with a decrease in income by 15% or more and a Statutory Declaration (see below)
- Termination letter or separation certificate from your employer addressed to you confirming that your employment was ceased due to COVID-19
If you are a Self-Funded Retiree with a 15% or more decrease in income due to COVID-19
- Evidence of reduction of income including correspondence and income statements relating to your investments showing a decrease in income by 15% or more due to COVID-19 and a Statutory Declaration (see below)
If you are proving a decrease in income by 15% or more due to COVID-19, you will need to support this evidence with a Statutory Declaration. This should declare that ratepayers listed on the rates notice have suffered a decrease in combined income by 15% or more due to COVID-19, and that all information that you have provided in your application is true and correct.
Please be aware that there are significant penalties for intentionally making a false statutory declaration under section 11 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959.
If you are unable to supply the evidence required
If you are suffering from financial hardship due to COVID-19 but are unable to provide the evidence required, please contact the City of Mitcham at email@example.com email we will do our best to assist you.
What if I previously submitted an application for rate relief?
If you have already submitted an application for rate-relief then there is nothing you need to do. Prior approved applications are automatically eligible for the 10% rate remission. If you have been approved for a deferral only and have not provided any proof of your financial hardship or for an update of your current application please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have had a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis and do not believe you can meet your upcoming rates payments, you can apply for a postponement on your rates until the 15 December 2020 and no penalties will apply during this period.
Payment for postponed rates can be made any time during this period but full payment will be required at the end of December.
Please complete the application for COVID-19 Rates Relief
All applications will be treated confidentially.