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IRD moving on from cheque payments

Posted by Greg Millar on October 21st, 2019.      2 comments

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


We welcome your thoughts and opinions. Please keep it clean and friendly!
Alliott NZ from http://alliott.co.nz/ says ...
Hi Gaylene, thanks for your comments. You raise very valid points so thanks for taking the time to pen those. Unfortunately, the NZ IRD have drawn a line in the sand on the issue of payments and there will still be the opportunity to make payments in person so not all digital at this stage. Please peruse the IRD's factsheet or call us on 09 520 9200
Gaylene says ...
I think it is very disappointing that companies such as IRD, that serve our community are moving away from cheques.
This move doesnt recognize the needs and rights of our elderly... those who have been tax payers for a life time. The result will be loss of independence as they have to rely on others to complete transactions for them. My 94 year old mother, has great pleasure in still being able to have independence in managing her finances, without support. It is a pity that the change couldnt be delayed for another 10-20 years, when most elderly would have the necessary digital skills.