IRD Moving on from cheques

From 1 March 2020, Inland Revenue will no longer be accepting cheques if customers have an alternative payment option available. This includes post-dated cheques (cheques dated after 1 March 2020).

 There’s plenty of time before next March to explore options and find a convenient and secure way that works.

 There are many different ways to pay – electronically or in person.

 Ways to pay

Here’s a summary of payment options:

 In person at Westpac: Pay by EFTPOS or cash at a Westpac branch or Smart ATM.

Online banking: You may be able to make payments using online banking. Contact your bank for more information.

Credit or debit card via our website: Use your credit or debit card to make online payments through our website. Visit

myIR: 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.

Charges may apply for some payment options.

The IRD are going to start contacting cheque payers (and their tax agents) to let them know about this change and alternative ways to pay.

In the meantime, if you would like more information visit IRD website at