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Newest Washington Amazon Fulfillment Center Opens

by Jennifer Dunn

Washington Sales Tax

The Kent, Washington Amazon fulfillment center has now opened its doors and shipped it’s first item.

According to an article from the Kent Reporter, the first item shipped from the facility, which employees about 1,200, was a swaddling blanket.

The Kent facility is Washington state’s 4th Amazon fulfillment center.  Kent, Washington is also home to an Amazon sort center.

Kent, Washington Amazon Fulfillment Center Details

Warehouse Code: BFI4 

Digital Products. Digital music, digital books, and digital videos are tangible personal property regardless of the delivery or access method, but only if the purchaser has a permanent right to use the digital music, digital books, or digital videos. Where the purchaser has a permanent right to use these digital products, the sale is taxable. Leases or rentals of these digital products are not taxable.

Address:  21005 64th Ave. S., Kent, Washington, 98032-2423 (King County)

Size: 800,000 square feet

Products: Small items like electronics, books and toys

What does the Kent, Washington Amazon Fulfillment Center mean for FBA Sellers?

Washington is already home to 3 Amazon fulfillment centers, so you may already have sales tax nexus in Washington and be collecting sales tax from Washington buyers. But with every new fulfillment center inventory gets shifted around. So it’s a good idea to:

1.) Determine if you have Amazon inventory stored in Washington – You can do this by running your Inventory Event Detail Report in Amazon Seller Central or by logging into your TaxJar account and looking for the brown Amazon badge next to the state of Washington

If you do have products stored in Washington, and you determine that that creates sales tax nexus for you company, your next step is to:

2.) Register for a sales tax permit – Always register your business with a state before you begin collecting sales tax from buyers in that state. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to register for a sales tax permit in Washington.

3.) Collect sales tax from buyers in Washington – If you find that you have sales tax nexus in Washington, set up Amazon and all of the other channels you sell on to collect sales tax from Washington buyers.

Here’s a step-by-step video tutorial for setting up sales tax collection through Amazon Seller Central:

4.) Find out more – For more about collecting and remitting sales tax in Washington state, check out our Washington Sales Tax Guide for Businesses.

Have questions or comments about the new Amazon fulfillment center in Kent, Washington? Start the conversation in our Sales Tax for eCommerce Sellers Facebook Group!

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