Changes to IRD cheque payments

All customers who make payments to Inland Revenue by cheque need to be aware of changes to these services from 1 October 2014.

 

All customers who make payments to Inland Revenue by cheque need to be aware of changes to these services from 1 October 2014.

 

1.  Customers will no longer be able to make cheque payments or drop off returns or forms at any Westpac bank.

 

This means cheque payments, returns and forms will need to be posted directly to Inland Revenue.

 

Customers can continue to make cash and eftpos payments at Westpac branches.  Online banking, credit and debit cards and international money transfers are also accepted payment methods.


2.  Payments posted to Inland Revenue need to be received by Inland Revenue on or before the due date to avoid payment penalties and interest.

This means cheque payments can no longer be posted on the due date.

 

The reason behind the change is to remove the unintended advantage to customers who post cheque payments on the due date, and ensures equal treatment for all regardless of payment method.


Inland Revenue is encouraging customers to use electronic payment methods, which are secure and faster than traditional payment methods and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you have any questions, or need advice, please contact us - we’re happy to help.