With the growing complexity of myriad federal, state and local taxes and fees, and the increasing intensity with which they are enforced, there was plenty to discuss at the Commercial Operators Tax (COT) seminar, held September 7 and 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Co-sponsored by Conklin & de Decker and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the event attracted business aircraft owners, operators and management companies.
Owners and operators of business aircraft were disappointed last month when the IRS issued final regulations disallowing certain deductions for “entertainment” use of company aircraft.
The provisions were originally contained in the “American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.”
Under the new rules, the difference between the actual cost of personal entertainment flights provided for “specified individuals” and the amount included as income for the individual is disallowed as a deduction to the corporation.
Here we go again. Three years after the bottom dropped out of the economy, and just months after a long, slow and painful climb toward recovery seemed to be producing results, the flooring is starting to feel awfully flimsy again.
An economic impact analysis commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) predicts that more than one million jobs will be lost in the aerospace and defense industry, if the U.S. Congress fails to reach an agreement that would prevent automatic government spending cuts.
Defense spending cuts of some $350 billion over the next decade contained in the new debt-limit legislation passed by the U.S. Congress correspond with the numbers expected from an earlier goal advanced by President Obama. But the Pentagon leadership described the potential of $600 billion more in automatic spending cuts as disastrous.
After four highly successful years Brian Johnson, the man behind the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry and the island’s first Director of Civil Aviation, leaves on August 26 to pursue a new challenge (the Swaziland registry, according to some reports).
Imports of business aircraft into the UK have ground to a halt since tax authorities there scrapped its zero-VAT rating in January, according to Gama Aviation CEO Marwan Khalek. The change was forced on the UK by the European Commission with the intent of harmonizing VAT rules for aircraft sales, but the outcome has been a confusing muddle in which no one seems sure how VAT should now be applied.
Universal Weather & Aviation (Stand C235) has doubled the number of countries covered by its UVAir service to provide fuel invoicing that is compliant with requirements for value added tax (VAT) due on aircraft fuel in Europe.
Operators of Bombardier jets are dismayed because they now have to pay state sales taxes on parts purchased through Bombardier’s Smart Parts program. Several operators who spoke to AIN on condition of anonymity said one of the primary reasons they participate in Smart Parts is to control and budget annual operating costs. “This adds a new dimension to overhead we didn’t budget for 2010,” one said.
Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 7030) is launching a new service to guarantee that fuel purchases in Europe are made at the correct rate of value added tax (VAT). The complimentary service, which started on May 1, should overcome the headaches commonly associated with calculating which VAT rate should apply based on an aircraft operator’s status.