Thu, Jan 06, 2005
Increase In Aircraft Tax Deemed "Grossly Unfair"
EAA is working with several of its
Ohio Members in an attempt to repeal what has been termed a grossly
unfair increase in the aircraft registration tax that went into
effect in 2004. The 2003 Ohio Legislature established a flat $100
license tax for all aircraft. That represented a 1600 percent
increase for two-place aircraft, which had been $6.
In many ways, the EAA said in a release to Aero-News, this is an
economically discriminatory tax, which makes two-place aircraft
owners pay the same registration tax as a 15-place business jet.
Last year, EAA members and GA aircraft owners in Ohio worked with
their local state representatives to introduce two bills (House
Bill 518 and Senate Bill 230), which called for a $15 per seat
registration tax, but neither bill made it to the floor during the
2004 legislative session.
Over the recent holiday season, as
several aircraft owners received their $100 aircraft registration
tax notices, the effort began on a new push to re-introduce both
bills. EAA is currently working with Board Member Emeritus Jim
Gorman, EAA members Donald Peters, Brian Matz, Frank Castronovo,
and many EAA Chapter Presidents to get the bills reintroduced.
Peters, who owns a Piper J-3 Cub and operates from a private grass
strip, wants to mobilize plane owners and aviation enthusiasts to
contact their elected state officials to get the new legislation
"We need to get Ohio’s aviation people excited and calling
their legislators," Peters said. "$100 for all airplanes is grossly
unfair." Light-sport aircraft also are assessed a $100 annual
registration tax, he added.
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