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Know Your Amazon Fulfillment Center: Lakeland, FL

by Jennifer Dunn

Lakeland FL Amazon Warehouse

Amazon’s first Florida fulfillment center opened back in August of 2014. This means many FBAers have been shipping to Florida’s two Amazon warehouses in Florida (the other is in Ruskin) for a little over a year now. In fact, Amazon just recently announced that the Ruskin and Lakeland fulfillment centers would help provide for same day delivery services in the Tampa Bay area.  With Lakeland in the news so much lately, we thought we’d get to know this fulfillment center a little better.

Lakeland, FL Amazon Fulfillment Center Facts

Warehouse Number: TPA2

Address: 1760 County Line Rd. Lakeland, FL, 33811 – Polk County

Size: 1 million square feet

Employees: Approximately 2,000 reports (News reports detail Amazon trying to double it’s Florida workforce in Q3 and Q4 2015)

First item sold: CreativeWare 2-Tier Buffet Server (Perhaps this one?)

What Florida Online Sellers Need to Know about Sales Tax

If you sell on Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) then you may have items stored in one of the fulfillment centers in Florida. Florida considers storing items in a warehouse in the state to create “sales tax nexus.” Check this page under “Who Must Pay Tax?” for what Florida has to say about nexus.

If you sell on FBA you should periodically check where your FBA inventory gives you nexus, then get sales tax compliant. Here’s how:

1.) Discover Where Your Amazon Inventory is Stored – You can run your Inventory Event Detail Report in your Amazon Seller Central account to find out where your products are being stored or by logging into your TaxJar account and looking for the brown Amazon badge next to the state of Florida. If you find that your inventory is being stored in Florida…

2.) Get Registered – You’ll need to register for a Florida sales tax permit if you have sales tax nexus in the state. Follow the steps in this blog post: “How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Florida.”

3.) Set up Sales Tax Collection on Amazon Seller Central (And the Other Platforms on Which You Sell) – If you have nexus in Florida, you’ll need to collect sales tax on ALL sales to customers in Florida, even if that sale isn’t made on FBA. This FBA Sales Tax Quick Reference Guide helps you set up all of your sales tax collection through Amazon Seller Central.

4.) Collect and File Florida Sales Tax – Check out our Florida Sales Tax Guide for Businesses for more information, and then use TaxJar to make Florida sales tax simple! We’ll even AutoFile your Florida sales tax return for you.

Questions about sales tax? Start the conversation in the comments!

Sources

Amazon Taking Applications for 500 Jobs at Lakeland Facility (Lakeland Ledger)

Amazon Adding 2,000 New Jobs in Ruskin and Lakeland (Tampa Bay Times)

  • ronatita

    Hi, I will set up an LLC in Delaware for Non-US citizens and non-residents. Should it follow that the fulfillment center to use should be based in Delaware too? If it is okay to warehouse our products in say, TN. Should we have to pay sales tax in TN as DE does not impose sales tax. Thanks

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