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Important Changes in Payment Services to Inland Revenue 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. Any cheque payments, returns and forms will need to be posted directly toInland Revenue. Customers can continue to makecash and eftpos payments at Westpac branches.  Online banking, credit anddebit cards and international money transfers are also accepted paymentmethods. 
  2. Payments posted to Inland Revenue need to be received by InlandRevenue on or before the due date to avoid payment penalties and interest. This means cheque payments can no longer beposted on the due date. The reason behind the change is toremove the unintended advantage to customers who post cheque payments on thedue date, and ensures equal treatment for all regardless of payment method.  
  3. Currently a provincial anniversary day is treated as a publicholiday and Inland Revenue accepts a tax payment as being on time if it isreceived on the next working day. It is proposed that this concession will nolonger apply. Taxpayers will need to ensure their payments are received byInland Revenue on or before the provincial anniversary day. The concession willremain unchanged for weekends and national public holidays.

InlandRevenueare encouraging customers to use electronic payment methods, which are secureand faster than traditional payment methods and available 24 hours a day, sevendays a week. If you have any furtherquestions, or need further advice, please contact your accounted4 team on 8275192.


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