Inland Revenue: Moving away from cheques

 

Moving away from cheques

Inland Revenue is becoming increasingly digital in the way we work. Soon this will include a move away from cheques.

This also reflects our customers’ 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 are now choosing to pay their taxes electronically.

From 1 March 2020, we will no longer accept cheques. This includes post-dated cheques (cheques dated after 1 March 2020). We are encouraging cheque-paying customers to get a head start on finding other convenient and secure payment options that work for them.

We do 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.

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 our website. Visit ird.govt.nz/pay.
  • You can pay by direct debit and make debit card and credit card payments securely through myIR online services. Visit our website (ird.govt.nz) 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 our website (ird.govt.nz) 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 Westpac.co.nz 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. Visit ird.govt.nz/pay.
  • 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:

For help getting started with online banking, check out any free digital courses offered by your bank or local community groups.

 

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