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How can I lower my property tax bill for my Texas based aircraft?



For aircraft based in the state of Texas, property taxes or ad valorem business property taxes, can add a significant number to the bottom line of the annual expenses for the aircraft. There are a couple of ways to help lower that bill; the first of which that is commonly used is what is called filing a rendition. A rendition is just a flight log that you file proactively with Texas at least a month before the property tax bill would be due, that shows them how often the aircraft is outside of the state of Texas. That will create a multiplier that reduces the property tax bill by the time that the aircraft is not in the state. Additionally, Texas has an incredibly favorable multiplier for those aircraft that may be used predominantly for air transportation services or charter. It is a predominant test, but provided the aircraft is used more than 50% of the time for charter operations, absolutely indicate that to the State Taxing Authority, because it will be pennies on the dollar of the total property tax. Finally, just like any other property tax bill, the state may have the value of your aircraft wrong. If you can provide them with backup that the value that they’re indicating for the property is inflated, then you may be able to reduce your property tax bill through that process as well

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