Financing, Insurance and Taxes » Taxes

Tax issues for aircraft operators.

February 1, 2007 - 5:05am

Although an article in The Washington Post last month implied that the Internal Revenue Service now sanctions the extensive personal use of company aircraft by owners and employees while the company takes a full deduction for the costs of owning and operating the airplane, several aviation tax attorneys counter that it merely sheds new light on the way the IRS views such matters.

January 29, 2007 - 10:26am

The Internal Revenue Service recently published Revenue Procedure 2003-85, which provides inflation-adjusted items for 2004. Section 3.27 specifies the rates for 2004 for the domestic segment fee and the international arrival/departure tax, applicable for commercial air transportation.

January 29, 2007 - 10:20am

The Rhode Island division of taxation issued a revised regulation regarding the application of a user tax to noncommercial aircraft in the state. The new regulation clarifies many of the uncertainties created by the previous emergency regulation, such as making it clear that the tax applies only to noncommercial aircraft exceeding specified operating limits within the state.

November 29, 2006 - 6:26am

If you buy, sell or operate aircraft in Europe and have been liable to EU value added tax (VAT), a chat with Lasse Rungholm could help you to save lots of money. You will find Rungholm by a beautifully maintained Beech 18 on the ramp, which OPM Aviation Services (OPMAS) acquired a month ago and flew here from its Aarhus, Denmark headquarters to publicize the company.

November 1, 2006 - 10:11am

As a percentage of a $200 airline ticket, taxes and fees more than tripled between 1972 and 2004 thanks to inflation, a decline in the real cost of airline travel and, more recently, increased security charges, as the government struggles to keep pace with the cost of providing the infrastructure necessary to support airline flights.

October 18, 2006 - 6:12am

The chief of the NTSB’s French counterpart is concerned that an increasing number of aircraft are flying under flags of convenience.

October 18, 2006 - 5:41am

A letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can cause any taxpayer’s heart to skip a beat. For aircraft operators, whose main focus of government compliance is the FAA, it can be easy to overlook the many nuances of the federal and state tax codes to ensure all taxes are being paid.

October 17, 2006 - 10:01am

Republican lawmakers have taken steps to shelve new tax rules in the 2005 Highway Bill designed to discourage truckers from using jet fuel to avoid higher taxes on diesel fuel. Sens. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) and Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) sent letters to U.S.

October 17, 2006 - 7:46am

Business aviation groups welcomed a letter from the FAA to the commissioner of internal revenue asking him to suspend implementation of new fuel tax rules that would impose a “significant administrative burden” on general aviation businesses and “create financial risk for the Airport and Airways Trust Fund.” The new rules would raise the tax rate on jet fuel to that of costlier highway diesel fuel but allow aviation jet fuel buyers to apply fo

October 12, 2006 - 8:38am

The current Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) rates in effect from July 1 through December 31 are: 0 to 500 sm–$0.1926; 501 to 1,500 sm–$0.1469; and more than 1,500 sm–$0.1412. The SIFL terminal charge is $35.21. SIFL fees are used to satisfy IRS requirements for operators to compute the value of non-business transportation aboard employer-supplied aircraft.

 
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