Calling time on cheques

Earlier this month, you may have seen our announcement that Inland Revenue will be moving away from cheques as we become increasingly digital in the way we work. From 1 March 2020, we will no longer be accepting cheques, including post-dated cheques (dated after 1 March 2020) from customers who are able to use alternative payment options.

With cheque usage declining every year, this also reflects our customers’ preferences. Last year cheques only accounted for 5% of payments; most of our customers are now choosing to pay their taxes electronically.

For those customers who do still use cheques, we are encouraging them to get a head start on finding other convenient and secure payment options that work for them. We appreciate that for some people this will be a significant change that will take some adjustment, although there are now lots of faster, cheaper and safer ways to pay electronically or in person.

Ways to pay

We recommend you contact your bank about online banking options such as:

  • direct credit payments.
  • automatic payments.                                                                            

Many banks offer a dedicated tax payment option.

You can pay online through Inland Revenue:

  • Use your credit or debit card to make online payments through IRD website.
  • You can pay by direct debit and make debit card and credit card payments securely through myIR online services. Visit IRD website and login or register for myIR.
  • If you’re overseas you can pay us using a fees-free money transfer service. Search for “make a payment” on IRD website for more information.       

In person: 

  • You can drop into a Westpac bank 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.

If you can access the internet, go to the Westpac website to find a Westpac branch or Smart ATM.

Find out more

To help you find a payment option that works for you:

  • Talk to your bank about their online banking facilities.
  •  You can also find out more about your payment options on the Inland Revenue website.
  • If you have a tax agent, you may also like to talk to them about your payment options.

If you need help getting started with online banking:

    - Check out any free digital courses offered by your bank or local community groups.