As we approach the last quarter of 2019, market indicators support the possibility of a very strong year-end in aircraft transactions. If you have not purchased or sold an aircraft since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of late 2017, a review of how changes in the tax law may impact transactions for the balance of the year is in order. Similarly, if you are contemplating selling your aircraft, upgrading, bringing in a partner,
Bankruptcy Court Affirms a Taxpayer’s Ability to Take General Aviation Deductions for Aircraft that Supports Another Business
General aviation owners and operators are well acquainted with the ability of aircraft to build, support, and grow business operations of all sorts. The clients of our firm conduct myriad business operations ranging from farming to consulting, oil and gas to software, entertainment to medicine. They are as diverse as the economy itself. Meeting travel needs and allowing flexibility are essential roles for general aviation aircraft,
During past budget shortfalls, aircraft have been the target of securing additional revenues through the aggressive collection of sales, use, and property tax.
The portability of aircraft can make it easy to avoid sales tax on the purchase by closing in a jurisdiction with little or no tax, or an applicable exemption, but that is only the first step. Use tax generally becomes a significant hurdle in the state or states in which the aircraft is based.
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,