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US Expected To Cut Aviation Taxes As Part Of ATC Reform

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

27 June 2017


The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) in the United States has welcomed plans to create a non-profit entity to manage air traffic control, noting it will enable a cut to the tax burden on aviation.

Under plans announced last week, a new non-profit, non-governmental organization would become responsible for ATC functions from 2021, rather than the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The NTU said that this change will reduce aviation excise taxes, as excise tax collections currently exceed what is spent on aviation functions. The NTU explained that, with a non-profit organization responsible for ATC, aviation taxes can fall in line with expenditure. US President Donald Trump's 2018 Budget said aviation taxes would fall by USD115bn between 2021 and 2027 as part of the plans.

Welcoming the proposals, the NTU said: "The ATC reform initiative would not only improve aviation, it would lead to an important realignment to set taxes at a rate sufficient to cover what is needed for the services it finances."

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