AOPA members rally to oppose proposed Washington state aircraft taxFebruary 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
AOPA is calling on members in the state of Washington to help defeat a proposed excise tax on aircraft that is similar to a taxation plan dropped by lawmakers last year after a vigorous informational effort by the aviation community.
House Bill 1847, which would impose an annual half-percent levy “for the privilege of using any aircraft in the state,” was introduced Feb. 4. It seeks to raise revenue from aircraft taxes “to provide funding to maintain enrollment in the basic state health care plan.”
The bill would impose the levy of 0.5 percent of an aircraft’s taxable value as part of a process of ending “tax preferences” that the 23 sponsors of the legislation describe as “obsolete and inefficient.”
“This bill description is certainly a mischaracterization as it applies to the new aircraft tax provision, because there are no real existing tax exemptions or ‘preferences’ for GA aircraft based in the state,” said AOPA Director of State Government Affairs Mark Kimberling, “and the current cumulative tax liability to own, maintain, and operate an aircraft in Washington is already among the highest in the nation.” [Full story]