Washington Decides Against Aircraft Tax

 - April 30, 2010, 6:46 AM

NBAA applauded the Washington State legislature’s decision to scuttle a provision for an “onerous” tax proposal for aircraft in its annual spending bill. To oppose the tax hike, NBAA banded with other groups–including the Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association, AOPA and the Washington Pilots Association–to form a unified grassroots coalition known as the Washington Aviation Coalition. The tax proposal, offered as a means to address a shortfall in annual state revenues, would have added a 0.5-percent tax on all aircraft, raising the existing aircraft registration fee by as much as 1,400 percent, or would have imposed an “equally onerous” taxation method based on a chart of aircraft types and manufacture dates.