Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill July 10 that eliminates the 6% state sales tax on the retail sale of aircraft parts and maintenance.
“This bill creates major cost savings for aircraft owners,” said Mark Kimberling, director of state government affairs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. “It will also boost the competiveness of Pennsylvania’s aviation industry in a region where neighboring states with similar benefits have siphoned off aviation jobs and investment. This tax measure will level the playing field and stem the exodus of aviation activity and jobs.”
When the Senate did not act on the bill in 2012, advocates in the state legislature reintroduced it in 2013. The tax exemption measure eventually became part of an omnibus budget-related bill, ensuring that it would be considered during the state’s House, Senate and Governor’s office budget conference.
“AOPA and the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania have pressed for this legislation for several years,” Kimberling said, “knowing that it would prove vital to Pennsylvania’s pilots and aviation businesses.”
AOPA officials simultaneously worked to defeat a proposed Pennsylvania tax of 2-cents-per-gallon on jet fuel.
Pennsylvania, despite recent industry challenges, remains as one of the larger general aviation states in the nation with over 17,000 pilots, 6,000 GA aircraft, and 131 public-use airports.