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Bonus depreciation incentives: The impact on general aviation aircraft

Advances in Taxation

ISBN: 978-1-84663-912-8, eISBN: 978-1-84663-913-5

Publication date: 16 June 2008


The use of corporate aircraft has increased as businesses place more value on ease of mobility. The bonus depreciation incentives of 2002 and 2003 provided growth opportunities for the general aviation market by allowing accelerated depreciation deductions for the purchase of new corporate aircraft. These incentives allowed more than twice the traditional MACRS allowance for depreciation for the first year of operation of an asset, but the present value of the tax savings after the full depreciable life of the corporate aircraft only generated a 3.25 percent reduction in the after-tax-cost. This study documents that the bonus depreciation incentives did not generate significant growth in the general aviation aircraft market via increased production of aircraft. These incentives may have simply slowed the recession that might have taken place in this industry otherwise. However, the incentives in this study did play a significant role in determining which type of aircraft to purchase, piston or turbine.


Miller, K.C., Riley Shaw, J. and Flesher, T.K. (2008), "Bonus depreciation incentives: The impact on general aviation aircraft", Luttman, S. (Ed.) Advances in Taxation (Advances in Taxation, Vol. 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 73-101.



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