Pay your taxes by cheque? Times are changing…

Five new ways to do it.

February 7, 2020

No Cheques

If you normally write a cheque to pay for your taxes, it’s time to decide how you will pay in the future. As of 1 March 2020, the IRD will no longer be accepting cheques. By the end of the last financial year (June 2019), only around 5% of payments received by IRD were by cheque, so they made the call to phase them out.
Here are five faster, cheaper and safer ways to pay your taxes:

  • Pay securely by direct debit using a debit card or credit card through myIR. Login and register at
  • Make payments using online banking – contact your bank to find out how
  • Use credit or debit cards to make online payments at
  • Visit Westpac and pay your taxes in person by EFTPOS or cash
  • If you’re overseas, pay using a money transfer service. Search “make a payment” at