Headline Incorrect on Private Aviation
November 27, 2017
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  • Your recent article (Private-jet owners are poised to get tax break under Senate GOP plan / Bill includes tax break on private jets, Nov. 19) mischaracterized a provision included in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” passed by the Senate Finance Committee, regarding taxes related to, general aviation (GA) aircraft, and the mostly small companies managing those aircraft.

    Contrary to the claim and headline of your article, this provision does not include a tax break or exemption for general aviation.

    Instead, the provision in the Senate bill simply clarifies long-standing tax law that when these aircraft are operated by their owners, with the assistance of one of the 900-plus American companies that manage them, flights are subject to the fuel tax, and not the commercial airline ticket tax.

    This reality is well understood by the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, which is why the nonpartisan scorekeeper on tax policy determined the clarification would not meaningfully impact government revenues. It’s unfortunate that your coverage missed this important information.

    Dan Hubbard, Senior Vice President, Communications

    National Business Aviation Association