Amazon is building warehouses in ‘opportunity zones’ that provide tax breaks and secrecy

12/23/2021

Map of the U.S. shows blue squares where Opportunity Zones are located, and blue and yellow dots for Amazon warehouses.

Amazon.com, Inc. has located at least 171 of its newest or soon-to-open warehouses in Opportunity Zones (OZs), where they may create huge capital gains tax breaks for Amazon and/or other investors. It is part of a massive pandemic-fueled expansion by the online giant, which grew from 473 sites from the end of 2019 to 1,237 by December 2021.

Another 93 warehouses have been approved to open in 2022 and 2023. All of the new warehouses are visible in Good Jobs First’s updated interactive storymap, “Mapping Amazon.” Users can explore the location and type of Amazon facilities, their proximity to highways, airports, affluent neighborhoods (with the most Prime households) – and now also Opportunity Zones.

Read the full Washington Post story about our findings.