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.
From 1 March 2020, we'll stop accepting payment by cheque, including cheques dated after 1 March 2020.
This will be 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.
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.
You can authorise your bank to make one-off or regular payments.
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.
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.
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):
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.
Learn more about the different ways you can make a payment.
Many banks and local community groups offer free digital banking courses if you need more help setting it up.
While cheques have been commonly used over the years, they're not actually legal tender.
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.
A debt is not considered to be paid until it is presented by the recipient of the cheque for payment.
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.