As more and more Australian Business moves to Shopify Ecommerce, a common question from our clients is:
How do I set up my store to comply with GST requirements in Australia?
This includes displaying the GST during the checkout process, showing your ABN and Company name on the tax invoice, and including taxes in the receipt.
This post outlines how to set up your Australian Shopify store for GST in 5 easy steps.
Note: You’ll need to have access to your store’s Administration Panel. You can reach it by going to YourStoresWebAddress.com/admin.
1. Make Sure All Your Products Are Set To “Charge Taxes”
This will tell Shopify to reach into your Tax Settings and include them in your product’s price. Go to Admin > Products, open each individual product, and set them up to look like this:
Have lots of products? Use the .csv export and import via Products.
2. Set Up Your Tax Region For 10% GST In Australia
Go to Admin > Regions & Taxes and make sure that you have Australia set to 10% GST. It should look like this:
3. Update Your Cart Settings To Say “GST” Instead Of Plain Old “Taxes”
Go to Admin > Preferences > General > Checkout Language > Inspect, and rename “
.. including %s taxes.” to “Including %s GST (Goods and Services Tax).”
This will show on your checkout page:
4. Add Your Company Information Into The Order Confirmation
Go to Admin > Preferences > Email & Notifications
Here, we’re going to add three things:
- The word “Invoice” to make it look more official
- Your Company Name
- Your Company’s ABN (Australian Business Number)
Open the Order Confirmation Template, and add the word “Invoice”, your Company Name and your ABN into the template, like this:
Now, when your customers receive an email, it will automatically contain all the information we just added, so it looks like this:
5. Add “All prices Include GST” Somewhere Unobtrusive But Prominent On Your Checkout Page:
Add this via Admin > Template Editor > Cart.liquid (where exactly? It depends on your theme).
Boring but important disclaimer: We’re not lawyers so can’t guarantee that this contains everything your accountant or customers will need. We are an Australian business and compiled this tutorial and the GST-ify service package to better equip Australian businesses on Shopify with their GST requirements.
We hope this tutorial gets you on your way to GST-ifying your store. Questions, comments corrections? Post them below.
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