IRD Opts out of cheques

From 1 March 2020 you will no longer be able to pay the Inland Revenue Department by cheque.

We are getting an early advice on this so we can let you know the ways you can pay the IRD, your other payment options are:

  • myIR: Direct debit and card payments can be made from myIR.
  • Online banking: One-off or scheduled recurring payments can be made using online banking.
  • Money transfer: Your clients based overseas can pay us using a money transfer service. Search for “Make a payment” on our website for more information.
  • Credit or debit card via our website: Payments can be made by credit or debit card through our secure payment website. Go to our website and search for “Make a payment” and select “Pay using credit or debit card”.
  • Westpac: EFTPOS or cash payments can be made at any Westpac branch or Smart ATM.


If you have been paying the IRD by cheque, in recent times, they will be writing to you directly to let you knwo of these alternatives.

While the trend is moving away from cheques, it is concerning that the government will no longer accept a form of payment while it is still legal tender.

We find a few older customers still like to pay by cheque. If this is going to be difficult for you let us know and we will speak to the IRD on your behalf.