July 15, 2014
By Elizabeth A Tennyson
The House has passed a bill to renew and make permanent a tax break affecting some business purchases of aircraft.
In a 258 to 160 vote, the House on July 11 passed H.R. 4718, which would reinstate and make permanent a bonus depreciation tax break that expired at the end of 2013. Under bonus depreciation, businesses can write off up to an additional 50 percent of the cost of new equipment in the year it’s placed in service, rather than over a period of up to 20 years. That 50-percent write-off is in addition to costs deducted according to a standard depreciation schedule.
The objective is to stimulate business investment in equipment and facilities, and ultimately create jobs.
“In the past, the availability of bonus depreciation has helped encouraged the purchase of new aircraft for business use. More aircraft sales, and more flying, are good for the entire aviation community,” said Jim Coon, AOPA senior vice president for government affairs.
It’s not yet clear when or if the Senate will act on the legislation.
Director of Government Affairs and Executive Communications Elizabeth Tennyson joined AOPA in 1998, the same year she earned her private pilot certificate. She also holds an instrument rating and enjoys jumping out of planes almost as much as flying them.
AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.
Two bills that would increase aviation fuel taxes and tap some proceeds for nonaviation purposes could place New Mexico in conflict with federal grant guarantees.
The FAA needs to reform its regulatory and certification processes, including changing the third class medical, AOPA told a House Aviation Subcommittee roundtable.
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