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How will a state find out that my aircraft is based there if I don’t use the address?



A common strategy that aircraft owners think of when registering their aircraft with the FAA and determining their state tax liability is how a state would possibly know that an aircraft is being operated there if it has a Delaware address, or just an address from another state. Most states have agreements with local fixed base operators or airports that may require that fixed based operator to give them a rendition of the aircraft based there or commonly used there at the end of each year. This may be used as a tool for them to reduce their own property taxes or just to create exposure for liability for operators. Most often the case, it’s honestly, the fixed based operator who told them about you. We’ve also had instances in the State of Florida of Department of Revenue agents doing ramp checks on aircraft. Really, just going to the airport and writing down tail numbers and checking the registration addresses. There are a lot of ways to find you, even on tools such as Flight Aware, even if you use a Delaware address for your aircraft registration.

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