I am new to taxes and I have a couple of questions - sorry I do not know much about this area so please excuse my poor knowledge:
And in general, what is everyone's experience with taxes?
Again, excuse me for my poor knowledge. I am still trying to improve in this area. Thank you!
In NZ you are only obliged to register for GST when your income exceeds $60, 000 per year. This is regardless of whether you are a registered business, Sole Trader or other type of vendor.
Until that time - you do not have to collect GST on your sales, but neither can you claim it on your purchases - including your Shopify monthly fees - which may be the prompt you are seeing on your Shopify home page.
Shopify gives you an option whether to collect GST or not under Settings_Taxes after you set up your store as being based in NZ.
Hope that helps