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Since 1 March 2020, we no longer accept cheques

We're calling time on cheques

We're becoming increasingly digital in the way we work - so are most of our customers. Cheque use continues to decline every year, with most customers already choosing to pay their taxes electronically.

Since 1 March 2020, we have stopped accepting payment by cheque.

This is a significant change for some, and one that might take some adjustment. The good news is that there are plenty of other payment options that are faster, cheaper, and more secure.

Take a look through our other payment options below to find one that's right for you.

You may also like to talk to your bank about your payment options. If you have a tax agent, they'll be able to help as well.

Payment options

Pay online through myIR

A myIR account lets you manage all your Inland Revenue matters securely online.

You can use it to pay us with a credit card or debit card.

If you have regular, variable tax bills, you can also set up a direct debit to authorise us to take payments from your nominated bank account. You can make the payment immediately or set it up for a future date. We'll let you know in advance how much will be debited, and on what date.

You can register for a myIR account on our website.

If you don't have a myIR account, you can also make a payment from your debit or credit card online. Learn more about how to make a payment with a debit or credit card.

Pay online through your bank

You can authorise your bank to make one-off or regular payments.

  • Make a single payment straight away, or set (and not forget) a payment for a future date.
  • You can schedule regular payments for fixed amounts (e.g. if you need to pay $50 every month).
  • It’s easy to set up and change, either online or by talking to your bank.

Most banks will also offer an option for accounts needing two signatories to operate. You'll need to talk to your bank for more information.

We'll send you a formal notification of the date and time we received your payment, so you can make sure your taxes are paid on time.

Your bank can help you set up and use these options. Ask if they have a “pay tax” option – this makes it even easier.

Learn more about making a payment to Inland Revenue through internet banking.

Pay in person

You can make a payment over the counter at any Westpac branch around the country, by cash or EFTPOS. You do not need to be a Westpac customer to use this service.

If you’re a Westpac customer or paying with cash you can also use one of Westpac’s Smart ATMs. If using a Smart ATM, bring the barcode on your statement.

From 1 July 2020, all payments at Westpac must be accompanied by a barcode. We are adding barcodes to notifications where we’re requesting you to make a payment. If you misplace your barcode, you can generate one using the barcode generator on our website. You will need your IRD number, the tax type and the period of the payment. You can then either print it off or show it to Westpac staff on your phone.

Visit Westpac's website to find your nearest branch or Smart ATM.

Other options

Automatic payment authority form

Online payments may not work for everyone, so you can authorise your bank to pay us using the automatic payment authority form (IR586):

  • Complete the form and give it to your bank.
  • Most suitable for fixed or regular payments, such as debt or arrears.
  • It allows for two signatures.
  • Download the IR586 form, or we can post it to you on request.

Please speak to your bank about processing times for automatic payments.

You can make a payment from anywhere in the world through a fee-free money transfer service.

We must ensure that all our customers have a way to pay their taxes. Take a look through all of the available options, and talk to your bank about the payment options they provide.

For more information on our payment options, check out our printable factsheet.

If you still don't think there's a payment option for you, give us a call on 0800 377 774.

Payment options

Learn more about the different ways you can make a payment.

Digital banking

Many banks and local community groups offer free digital banking courses if you need more help setting it up.

Cheques and legal tender

While cheques have been commonly used over the years, they're not actually legal tender. 

Legal tender is defined as bank notes and coins issued under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989 (RBNZA). This is set out in section 27 of the RBNZA. Cheques are not included in this definition.

A cheque is defined as a bill of exchange drawn on a bank which is payable on demand, as set out in section 73(1) of the Bills of Exchange Act 1908.

This means that legally, unless the Commissioner expressly agrees to accept payment by cheque or does not object to one when it is provided, a debt is not considered to be paid unless the payment is made in legal tender - such as by cash or bank transfer.