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Both private and commercial business aircraft operators pay Federal excise taxes (FET) either on fuel or on the transportation of persons or property. Learn about FET applicability, current tax rates, and best practices for collecting and remitting the tax. Learn More
Aircraft that are owned and operated by businesses are often depreciable for income tax purposes under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS). Learn More
Individual taxpayers must aggregate the income and loss from their passive activities each year to determine their net passive income or loss. A net passive loss for the year generally is nondeductible for that year but may be carried forward to reduce net passive income in future years. Learn More
Many businesses generously make their aircraft available for charitable flights. Prior to doing so, it is important to know the FAA and IRS rules applicable to these flights and any tax deductions the company might want to take associated with the contributions. Learn More
Business owners can use different legal entities, including C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, and LLCs to own aircraft. In some cases, the depreciation rules cause the entity owning the aircraft to have a tax loss and IRS auditors can disallow deduction of these losses, relying on the "hobby loss" rules. Learn More
Federal Tax News
- Tax Case Highlights Risks of Bad Recordkeeping, Hobby Loss
- May 11, 2016
To deduct aircraft expenses from taxable income, business owners must be able to show that the aircraft was used in a bona fide trade or business and not as a casual investment. That's a fairly basic principle, and strictly enforced under the IRS's hobby loss rules. A recent court case shows how one taxpayer ran afoul of the hobby loss rules, and presents a cautionary tale for all aircraft operators. "If you want to deduct your aircraft expenses, you should be prepared to show that you're using the aircraft as part of a business," said Phil Crowther, an attorney at Jackson & Wade and member of NBAA's Tax Committee. Read more about the case.
- IRS Ruling Has Implications for Like-Kind Exchanges, Federal Tax Planning
- Jan. 6, 2016
The IRS has released a memorandum that provides information to business aircraft owners considering like-kind exchanges or using special purpose entities to own and lease aircraft. Learn more about the ruling.
- NBAA's Business Aviation Taxes Seminar Sets Attendance Record
- May 14, 2015
NBAA's 2015 Business Aviation Taxes Seminar (BATS), held May 8 in Dallas, TX, attracted a record number of attendees interested in learning about emerging issues in federal and state tax regulations, and how to handle them. Read more.
- FAA Clarifies Policy That Fuel-Tax Revenue Must Fund Aviation
- November 26, 2014
The FAA has amended its airport revenue usage policy to emphasize that tax revenue from aviation fuel sales must go back into the aviation system. The change is effective Dec. 8, and reconfirms policy that has been followed for nearly three decades, but has faced periodic challenges because of perceived ambiguity in the regulations. Read more.
- NBAA Engaged in Latest SEC Disclosure, Tax Reform Discussions
- Aug. 15, 2014
While Congress may be in recess for August, the policymaking work in Washington, DC continues throughout the summer, and NBAA remains focused on a host of issues relevant to business aircraft operators, including federal taxes. Learn about a recent hearing on tax reform and a plan to modernize SEC disclosures. Read more.
- NBAA Resource Clarifies Net Investment Income Tax Regulations
- July 11, 2014
The Treasury Department and the IRS recently published final regulations implementing the net investment income tax (NIIT), which was enacted as part of the 2010 healthcare overhaul. The NIIT imposes a 3.8-percent tax on the investment income of certain individuals, estates and trusts. The final regulations revise and clarify several issues in the 2012 proposed rules that will affect many common airplane leasing arrangements. Review the NIIT Article.
- IRS, Treasury Department Release Priority Guidance Plan
- August 19, 2013
Two tax issues that affect NBAA Members have been included in the 2013–2014 Priority Guidance Plan released by the Department of the Treasury and IRS. First, NBAA succeeded in urging the IRS and Treasury to list developing guidance on application of federal excise taxes to aircraft management fees in the guidance plan. Second, the plan proposes to address the "leasing company trap," which unfairly penalizes aircraft owners that lease an aircraft to related parties for legitimate business reasons. Learn about the Priority Guidance Plan.