Over the past few years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has worked to issue final regulations that provide guidance to aircraft management companies and aircraft owners regarding their federal excise tax (FET) obligations.
The final regulations – under Internal Revenue Code § 4261(e)(5) – implement a provision in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that provide an exception to the 7.5 percent FET on commercial air transportation when an aircraft owner pays for management services to support flights on the aircraft.
These regulations represent the successful culmination of a years-long advocacy effort led by National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its Tax Committee. Since 2008, the NBAA has been involved with comments to the IRS on all stages of these regulations, culminating with the issuance of the final regulations in January 2021. The NBAA Tax Committee's advocacy effort was led by Holland & Knight Partner and NBAA Tax Committee Chair John Hoover.
Under Mr. Hoover’s leadership, the Tax Committee recently authored an article that provides NBAA members with details of the history of the association's advocacy efforts and provides a complete analysis of the final regulations. In addition, the article addresses common scenarios involving how the exemption treats aircraft owner flights, leases and substitute aircraft.
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Related Holland & Knight Alerts
- "IRS Set to Publish Final Rule on Federal Excise Tax," Jan. 15, 2021
- "NATA, NBAA Present to Treasury on Federal Excise Tax Exception for Aircraft Management Services," Nov. 24, 2020
- "NBAA, NATA Submit Comments to IRS on Excise Tax Exemption for Business Aircraft Management Services," Sept. 30, 2020
- "IRS Provides Guidance with FAQs on Federal Excise Tax Suspension Reporting," May 18, 2020