“T and E and out by three,” is a long-standing adage among IRS agents, reflective of the fact that Congress has elevated the recordkeeping requirements for travel and entertainment expenses, and auditors honed-in on these technicalities may be able to make quick adjustments leading to hefty tax bills. The rules do not uniquely target aircraft. Instead, all travel deductions—irrespective of the means of transportation—are subject to enhanced documentation requirements. Failing to meet these technicalities can mean disallowance of expense deductions,
IRS EXPANDS AIRCRAFT TAX EXAMS – HOW SHOULD YOU PREPARE?
The Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking increased interest in aircraft owners’ income tax returns. It may be a result of bonus depreciation, enhanced expensing, or targeting high income taxpayers; but regardless of the trigger, exams appear with increasing frequency and greater depth of review.
THE LAW AND JUDICIAL PRECEDENT GENERALLY REMAINS UNCHANGED.
Of course, an aircraft is not unlike any other business tool.
Aircraft Deductions, Aircraft Income Tax