February 25, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
Aviation consulting firm Conklin and de Decker has come out with its 2010 State Tax Guide for General Aviation. The guide contains the latest taxes and fees imposed on GA aircraft in all 50 of the United States, and includes the sales and use taxes applicable to aircraft sales, ownership, leases, parts, and labor.
The guide is PC-based and has the ability to compare three states side by side. This lets users quickly compare tax rates and exemptions for many locations at a glance.
In 2009, several states implemented tax law changes that affect GA; more can be expected in 2010. Because state legislatures are in session for only a few months a year, tax changes can occur rapidly. Users of the state tax guide can stay up to date on any changes by regularly checking for updates via the guide’s software.
“We do the research for you and make it easy to access,” said Nel Stubbs, vice president for Conklin and de Decker.
A one-year subscription is $300. It’s downloadable from the Conklin and de Decker Web site, and includes downloadable updates throughout the year.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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