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Inland Revenue is becoming increasingly digital in the way they work

Soon this will include a move away from cheques.

credit card-233This also reflects their customer preferences, with cheque usage declining every year. Last year cheques only accounted for 5% of payments and some people who used cheques also used other payment methods. Most of our customers now choose to pay their taxes electronically.

From 1 March 2020, they will no longer accept cheques.

This includes post-dated cheques (cheques dated after 1 March 2020).  If you pay by cheque, you are encouraged to get a head-start on finding other convenient and secure payment options that work for you.

IRD does appreciate that, for some people, this will be a significant change that will take some adjustment. The good news is that there are lots of faster, cheaper and safer ways to pay – electronically or in person.

Secure ways to pay

Through your bank

To help you find a payment option that works for you, talk to your bank about their online banking facilities including regular automatic payments and one-off automatic payments.

Through Inland Revenue

Find out about making online payments using credit or debit cards

You can pay by direct debit or use your debit card and credit card in myIR.

Login or register for myIR

Paying from overseas

Find out about fees-free transfer services   

In person at Westpac

Drop in and pay your taxes over the counter by cash or EFTPOS. You can only do this at Westpac branches. You can also use one of Westpac’s Smart ATMs.

Find a Westpac branch or Smart ATM

Find out more

Find out more about your payment options

If you have a tax agent like Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants, talk with us about your payment options by calling our team in Auckland on 09 520 9200.
  • Further reading: FACTSHEET IRD moving away from cheques

Topics: Inland Revenue Department Payment methods