In opposition to legislation seeking to repeal sales tax exemptions for aircraft, AOPA warned of unintended consequences to Massachusetts’ aviation industry.
AOPA Eastern Regional Manager Sean Collins testified virtually before the Joint Committee on Revenue on January 21, opposing Massachusetts Senate Bill 1797, a measure intended to repeal sales tax exemptions for aircraft.
By repealing these important sales tax exemptions and subjecting aircraft to the state’s 6.25-percent sales tax, Collins warned that aircraft owners may look elsewhere as neighboring states like Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island currently offer sales tax exemptions to aircraft. Collins reiterated that “states that experience the broadest range of industry growth employ a comprehensive aviation incentive plan extending to both aircraft and maintenance. This combination attracts the greatest number of aircraft, directly supporting aviation jobs and the airports that rely on them.”