July 10, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
In a victory for the entire aviation community, the aviation sales tax exemption will remain law in Massachusetts.
For months, AOPA and local aviation groups have worked tirelessly to demonstrate the value of retaining the tax exemption in the face of opposition from Gov. Deval Patrick, who wanted to repeal the exemption from the state’s 5 percent sales-and-use tax for aircraft and parts.
“This is great news for pilots and aircraft owners because keeping the tax exemption helps keep the cost of flying down,” said AOPA Regional Representative Craig Dotlo, who made numerous trips to Boston to discuss the exemption with lawmakers. “And it’s good for the economy of Massachusetts because it helps keep aviation business within the state.”
Senate President Therese Murray, along with Rep. Don Humason and the members of the budget conference committee, showed tremendous leadership in protecting this important tax exemption for the aviation community. AOPA’s effort was successful, thanks to important help from members who contacted their elected representatives to urge continuation of the tax exemption.
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