Does Shopify checkout payment systems require me to be registered for GST in Australia.

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In Australia you only need to register for GST if you anticipate earning a minimum of $75,000 per year. But here’s my specific question: does Shopify require me to be registered for GST in order to facilitate their payment / check out systems in an e-commerce store? I ask this question because I do not anticipate earning anything like $75K. Other platforms using Stripe or Square I’m sure require you to be registered regardless of your earning potential. To clarify, I am only selling within Australia. I have an ABN and I did register for GST because I thought Shopify would mandate this, but my accountant is questioning me why I have done so when my earnings will be much less. Hope someone in Australia can clarify this for me. I’ve asked Shopify this question directly but I just get vague answers. 

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I would also like to know the answer to this question!

I have searched everywhere else and as stated, nothing is mentioned, which I think is a bit rude as we are all paying a fee for Spotify and so are all worthy of a reply

Shopify Staff
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Hi, @PGW & @SnazzyStyle!


Thanks for your questions!


Merchants in Australia are only required to register for GST if they meet the conditions laid out in this article here.


Please note that Shopify is not a tax advisory service and cannot provide professional tax advice. Our platform supports various features that can assist with the calculation and management of taxes on sales, but it is important to consult with a qualified tax professional or a legal advisor to understand your specific tax obligations and requirements. 


They can provide tailored advice ensuring compliance with Australian tax laws and help you make informed decisions about GST registration and other tax-related aspects of running your business. 

Maz | Social Care @ Shopify 
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