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Can I write off my aircraft expenses that I use for both business and pleasure?



Aircraft expenses for business are deductible on your federal tax return and there are certain cases in which personal expenses may also be deductible. Your ability to write those expenses off is really governed not only by the ultimate purpose of the flight and what exactly is meant by a business or pleasure trip, but also by how the aircraft ownership is structured and how the aircraft is owned. That is there may be non-deductibility of certain personal flights based on the business that owns the aircraft and there’s certainly personal flights that would not be deductible that might otherwise be able to be provided as a compensation fringe that are not deductible because the aircraft is owned personally rather than in the name of the business. While some of these personal expenses may be deductible, there’s always going to be a tax consequence of personal use of business aircraft.

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