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Amazon to charge sales tax to Wisconsin customers once Kenosha distribution center opens

KENOSHA, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Amazon-Dot-Com's new distribution center in Kenosha will come at a cost to the firm's Wisconsin customers. That's because they'll start paying sales taxes on what they buy from the giant Internet retailer. They didn't have to do that in the past -- but now that Amazon is about to have a physical presence in Wisconsin, Laurel Patrick of the state Revenue Department says the firm must start charging sales taxes on Wisconsinites.

Amazon has told the state it would obtain a necessary permit by November 1st, and start charging taxes on Wisconsin's Internet customers after that. Amazon has not made a public statement on the matter.

This week the Kenosha City Council approved $18-million in tax incremental financing to pay for utilities that will serve Amazon's new distribution center. It's expected to open next fall near Interstate-94. Mayor Keith Bosman says it will have 1,100 full-time employees and around 2,500 seasonal workers. A bill is still pending in Congress to require sales taxes on all Internet purchases. The Senate passed the measure in May. The Republican-controlled House has not acted on it.