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EAA Supports Wisconsin Aviation Sales Tax Exemption Proposal

October 24, 2013 - EAA supports Wisconsin Senate Bill 348, bipartisan legislation that would exempt aviation parts, maintenance, and labor from sales and use taxes in the state.

The state currently levies a 5 percent tax on these services, while Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana all exempt aviation parts and labor from sales tax. This proposed legislation would eliminate the significant competitive disadvantage for state aviation maintenance businesses.

EAA government advocacy specialists Jonathan Harger and Tom Charpentier were at the state capitol in Madison Wednesday to offer supporting testimony to the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Local Government.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to represent GA in support of this bill in front of the Senate committee," Harger said. "EAA advocacy stands for lowering barriers of entry to aviation in terms of cost and access, and this bill is the type of legislation that succeeds in lowering these barriers."

A broad coalition of aviation businesses, county governments, airport managers, and associations were represented at the hearing to speak in favor of the bill. SB348, which was introduced and co-sponsored by 22 state senators and assembly members, needs to pass at least two other committees before it goes to the floor for final vote.

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