A new federal tax-cut law contains an increase in the bonus depreciation percentage from 30 percent to 50 percent in the first-year allowance for the purchase of capital goods, including new aircraft. The rate will be available for any new aircraft–regardless of value if used under Part 91–acquired after May 5, 2003, and before Jan. 1, 2005. The aircraft must be placed in service before Jan. 1, 2006.
Under a provision of President Bush’s economic stimulus package, purchasers of new aircraft can take a first-year depreciation deduction of 30 percent for the taxable year in which it is placed in service. H.R.3090, “The Job Creation and Worker Assistance Bill of 2002,” included a 30-percent bonus depreciation provision on the value of certain capital assets for 36 months.
At the NBAA Convention last month, credit for a recent increase in used aircraft sales was frequently given to the bonus depreciation benefit that is part of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relieve Reconciliation Act that went into effect this year. “It has already been a boost to used aircraft sales, and it is going to affect new aircraft sales,” said a sales executive at the convention.
Pushed by President Bush for legislation intended to stimulate the nation’s economy, Congress has taken action on two bills that may affect the purchase of new aircraft by boosting depreciation deductions. While the bills use the term “qualified property” as eligible for depreciation deductions, new aircraft could possibly fit that definition.
The House of Representatives approved the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (H.R.4520) on June 17, paving the way for a one-year extension of the time allotted to place into service business aircraft purchased under the accelerated-depreciation tax bonus.