The major impact of tax reforms on general aviation is the immediate expensing of new and used equipment. The new law permits 100-percent immediate expensing by the taxpayer for both factory new and pre-owned aircraft as long as it is the taxpayer’s first use of the aircraft.

Under the legislation, after 2022, there will be a phasedown of bonus depreciation in increments of 20% each year for qualified aircraft acquired and placed in service before 2027. Another resolution was the dispute over airline ticket taxes improperly imposed on aircraft management fees; the aviation fuel tax therefore will change from the current 7.5% federal transportation excise tax.

The legislation contains important changes for business aviation in several areas.

  • 100-Percent Expensing (Bonus Depreciation)
  • Like-Kind Exchanges
  • Prohibition on Deduction of Employees’ Commuting Expenses
  • Disallowance of Travel Expenses “Directly Related” to Business
  • Repeal of Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions, Including Employee Business Expenses
  • Transportation Excise Tax Does Not Apply to Owner Flights on Managed Aircraft

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