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Amazon Fulfillment Center Rumors Update, July 2015

by Jennifer Dunn

Amazon Fulfillment Center States

For the past few months it seems like there’s hardly been a day without some big Amazon fulfillment center related news on our radar. From creating the sort centers, to opening brand new fulfillment centers to staffing up the facilities they already have, it feels like Amazon has gone into overdrive lately.

And who can blame them? With their push to become the world’s #1 retailer and their promise of same day delivery to more and more buyers, they need to get inventory as close as possible to where their customers are.

But that’s Amazon’s reasoning.

Of course, if you sell using Fulfillment By Amazon then you have your own reasons for keeping up with Amazon’s fulfillment center news. When Amazon stores an FBA sellers goods in a fulfillment center, that creates sales tax nexus for for that seller. So not only does a new Amazon fulfillment center in a new state mean big news for Amazon, it might mean more sales tax liability for independent merchants who sell through Amazon FBA.

To keep you ahead of the sales tax liability curve, we’ve rounded up the latest Amazon FBA rumors here!

California

While there are no rumored new fulfillment centers in this complicated modified-origin sales tax state, Amazon is hiring lots of workers in the Moreno Valley and Patterson fulfillment centers. Business is clearly booming in the Golden State.

Connecticut

Amazon recently announced that they were ready to start hiring at their brand new Windsor, Connecticut fulfillment center. We know from recent experience with the new Kenosha, Wisconsin fulfillment center that this means opening day isn’t far off.

The Windsor location will be Connecticut’s first Amazon fulfillment center. This means it may be a new sales tax nexus state for some FBA sellers not based in Connecticut. Here are some resources should you find yourself suddenly collecting and remitting sales tax in the Nutmeg State:

Illinois

Illinois is one of the more recent additions to the Amazon fulfillment center rumor mill. According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois’ first Amazon fulfillment center will be on Goose Island on the Chicago River. Rumor has it the 52,000 square foot facility will require about 1,000 employees within three years, though the warehouse isn’t slated to open until about 2017.

If the rumors are true, Amazon FBA sellers will need to learn the ins and outs of sales tax in Illinois in a couple of years. To get you started, here are a few resources:

Maryland

Amazon’s Baltimore fulfillment center is slated to open anytime now. This will be the first fulfillment center in the Old Line State, so here are some resources to help you out should you find yourself shipping goods to this new center:

Massachusetts

Amazon may be building a sort center in Massachusetts. The rumored facility would be in the town of Stoughton.

Minnesota

According to rumors, Amazon’s first fulfillment center in Minnesota will be in Shakopee, in the Twin Cities area. News reports say the fulfillment center will be open by 2017. If you find that you do have to deal with some fulfillment centers in Minnesota, here are some resources to give you a hand:

Ohio

While rumors originally had it that the Amazon facility in Ohio would be a fulfillment center, it looks like it will now be a data center. This is good news for FBA sellers – it means no storing items in a fulfillment center and no sales tax nexus. But stay tuned here for more as the opening of this new facility approaches in 2015-2016.

Texas

Amazon recently announced they would open another fulfillment center in Dallas. This will be the 4th Dallas-based fulfillment center. Check out this link for more about sales tax in Texas.

Wisconsin

Did you hear? Wisconsin’s first Amazon fulfillment center just opened in June 2015! If you find yourself shipping items to the Kenosha, WI warehouse, here’s what you need to know:

Stay tuned here to the TaxJar Sales Tax Blog for more info about Amazon fulfillment centers as it manifests! We also Tweet Amazon fulfillment center news @TaxJar.

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