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Bonus Depreciation

December 18, 2015

Bonus depreciation may allow aircraft owners to realize the depreciation benefits of an eligible asset more quickly. Aircraft owners are not entitled to more depreciation, but are allowed to obtain the benefits of depreciation more quickly. When available, bonus depreciation can be utilized by owners of many capital assets and is not an aviation specific benefit.

The U.S. House and Senate have approved extensions of bonus depreciation on numerous occasions, which affirms what many industry analysts and economists understand — that businesses are unable to fully deduct the initial cost of capital investments, including those made in new aircraft, as they do with labor and raw material. Instead, they must write these costs off over many years, and, as a result, never recoup the full value of investments that drive economic growth.

Bonus depreciation delivers long-term stimulus to industries like general aviation, which provides high-skill, and high-paying, jobs for more than 1.1 million Americans, and is responsible for generating $219 billion in economic activity in the United States annually. It also gives American companies access to advanced equipment, including aircraft, making them more competitive, while preserving jobs in aviation-related manufacturing, one of the few industries that contributes positively to America’s trade balance.

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, passed by Congress on Dec. 18, 2015 extends bonus depreciation through the end of 2019 (through 2020 in some cases). The 50 percent bonus depreciation percentage is phased down by 10 percent each year beginning in 2018.

There are transition rules which permit certain qualifying aircraft to use the 30% bonus depreciation rate if placed in service in 2020 and subject to a binding written purchase contract in place at the end of 2019.  The rules also permit such qualifying aircraft to use the 40% bonus depreciation rate if placed in service in 2019 and subject to a binding written purchase contract in place at the end of 2018. 

Learn more about the 2015 extension of bonus depreciation.


June 13, 2016
NBAA Checklist: Qualifying for Bonus Depreciation
Dec. 18, 2015
NBAA Applauds Congressional Approval of Legislation Extending Bonus Depreciation
Dec. 4, 2015
NBAA Closely Monitoring Congressional Deal on Bonus Depreciation
July 31, 2015
NBAA Urges Prompt Congressional Action on Bonus Depreciation Extension
Dec. 17, 2014
NBAA Commends Senate Vote Renewing Accelerated Depreciation
Dec. 9, 2014
Responding to The New York Times, Bolen Supports Extension of Tax Provisions
Dec. 4, 2014
NBAA Applauds House Vote to Renew Accelerated Depreciation on Business Assets, Including Aircraft
Nov. 20, 2014
NBAA Among 500 Industry Groups Making Push for Extending Tax Provisions
May. 23, 2014
NBAA Joins Effort to Renew Tax Incentive for Business Aircraft Purchases

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