Maine May Extend Sales Tax Exemption for Aircraft
- Sales Tax News
- Mar 28, 2013 | Gail Cole
In 2011, Maine lawmakers approved a temporary sales and use tax exemption for aircraft and aircraft parts. That exemption is scheduled to expire in 2015, much to the dismay of the state's aviation industry. A bill currently under consideration by the Joint Taxation Committee would make that exemption permanent.
But Senator Andre Cushing (R-Hampden), who sponsored the bill, says that before the exemption, the 5% sales tax "blackballed Maine among the aviation community."
Certainly, LD 279 has the strong support of members of the aviation industry:
- Mark Goodwin, vice president of Northeast Air, testified that the exemption brought his business more than $700,000 worth of work. That work translates to new jobs.
- Jon Block, lobbyist for C&L Aerospace in Bangor, testified that his business has greatly expanded since it opened in 2010. It's grown from 20 employees to 100, and is expected to hire 70 more people.
But do the jobs compensate for the lost sales and use tax revenue? The Legislature's Office of Fiscal and Program Review points out that the state loses approximately $608,000 annually to the exemption. (Kennebec Journal).
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