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Sharing Aircraft Under Part 91
Kent S. Jackson | August 28, 2020

When Does “Sharing” Become Illegal Charter? The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 contains a section entitled “Report on Illegal Charter Flights.” The law includes several requirements to identify and combat illegal charter flights. The FAA has been revising inspector guidelines. They even sent a letter to every pilot on record about the new emphasis on […]

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The Flight Department Company Trap
Kali M. Hague | April 9, 2014

Thinking of operating an aircraft in a sole-purpose company to minimize liability? Think again. One of the most frequently-violated FAA regulations is found in one of the most well-known, but misinterpreted, provisions. As a general rule, Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 91 operators may not charge or accept reimbursement for flights. Owners and pilots forget […]

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Sharing Aircraft Under FAR Part 91
Kent S. Jackson | November 3, 2012

For U.S. Operators, charging someone for a ride in the company jet is a subject thick with claims and counterclaims, ignorance and outright bad behavior.  The arguments are old, but some of the consequences are new.  Today, the IRS may be more likely than the FAA to punish practitioners of any “Part 134 1/2”. Click […]

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IRS Issues Final Regs on Employee Entertainment Use
Kent S. Jackson | August 9, 2012

The IRS finally issued regulations interpreting the provisions for disallowing deductions attributed to aircraft used for entertainment. The final regulation generally follows the proposed regulations, but there are new provisions. Click here to download full news blast.

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An Analysis of the Recent IRS Chief Counsel Advice Asserting that Management Companies are Subject to Transportation Tax
Kent S. Jackson | April 6, 2012

On March 9, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel released a Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) which concluded that an aircraft owner who hired a management company to help operate and maintain the aircraft owed transportation tax on the amounts paid to the management company for management and pilot services. This advice is contrary to the […]

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Valuing Personal Flights
Kent S. Jackson | December 5, 2007

For more than 20 years, tax advisors have anxiously awaited the end of October, when they could start making the aircraft fringe benefit calculations for the year.   While these rules have remained essentially unchanged, they are not the kind of subject that is easy to remember.  This article provides you with your annual refresher. Click […]

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