The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has provided an incredible opportunity for business aircraft owners to purchase aircraft, both pre-owned and new, to begin or strengthen their fleets. Aircraft placed in service in 2018, and the next four years moving forward, even in the final days of the year, may be eligible for 100% bonus depreciation – a deduction of the full aircraft purchase price – provided that the aircraft meets the qualified business use requirements outlined in the statute and regulations.
The recent modifications to the tax code under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) represent the most significant modifications in more than three decades, according to the experts at the Advocate Consulting Legal Group (Booth 3272). While the bill was introduced as an effort to simplify the tax code, it has presented many complex questions and uncertainties, along with tax opportunities for businesses to invest in general aviation aircraft.
One of the more substantial pieces of the legislation involves allowing 100 percent bonus depreciation for qualifying new and preowned aircraft,
The recent changes to the tax code are giving business executives a new perk: the opportunity to deduct the entirety of a corporate-jet purchase.
President Trump signed more than 100 changes to the U.S. tax code into law at the end of last year. Among them: The price of a new or used airplane purchased by a company can be a 100% write-off against its earnings.
That is a major change.
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides a wonderful opportunity for business aircraft purchasers of both new and pre-owned aircraft to take 100% bonus deprecation on the aircraft purchase price in the year of acquisition pursuant to Section 168(k), provided that the aircraft is placed in service for business use in that year. This purchase incentive, designed to spur economic activity in equipment sales, can serve as a valuable tool to free up capital and encourage business investment and activity.
Second in a series of articles on “How to Survive an IRS Audit of your Aircraft”
There are many valid business reasons to separate aircraft ownership from the operating companies it serves. These often include liability protection, ownership differences, and managerial issues to name a few. Although it is often beneficial to segregate ownership for non-tax reasons, it is important to avoid inadvertently causing the aircraft entity to be treated on a “stand-alone” basis for passive activity income tax purposes.