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Aircraft operators can control liability exposure through ownership structures, contractual agreements, insurance, and ensuring compliance with FAA regulations. How you plan for liability protection will often provide protection for key corporate and personal assets.

Owning and operating a business aircraft can serve as an incredible time saver, connecting you to your products, clients, colleagues and project more effectively and efficiently. However, those clear skies can get significantly more troubled when an IRS audit requires your full time and attention. While there is no way to insulate yourself from the possibility that the IRS will choose to examine your business aircraft, the following are a few simple steps that may decrease the likelihood of examination, or make any resulting exam less painful and disruptive to your business operations.

  • Structure the transaction correctly from the beginning
  • File appropriate elections to group
  • Keep contemporaneous logs and use them for disallowance calculations reflected on the return

There is no magic bullet that insulates you from undergoing a tax audit, or that makes a personal aircraft that is outside a business context tax deductible. The above information, however, provides a few concrete steps that you can take to help ensure that the business aircraft that you are operating continues to make business easier and more efficient, rather a source of a headache with the IRS.

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“IRS Crackdown” On Private Jet Usage To Focus On Appropriate Record-Keeping And Reporting: Advocate Clients Are Well-Equipped For The Challenge

By Suzanne Meiners-Levy On February 21, 2024, the IRS announced it will use enforcement funds from the Inflation Reduction Act (PL 117-169) to initiate “dozens” of new audits focusing on […]

New FinCEN Requirements Create Reporting Obligations for Many Aircraft Ownership Entities: Understanding the Law and Its Requirements

By Suzanne Meiners-Levy & Joshua Blakeney On January 1, 2024, the Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting (“BOIR”) requirements under the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) went into effect. The BOIR requirements under […]

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By Suzanne Meiners-Levy On Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 top lawmakers on the Senate and House tax writing committees announced a deal on a wide range of tax issues, including several […]