In case you haven’t heard yet, the new funding bill has passed with a number of new revenue enhancements, not including additional taxing for Washington’s General Aviation fleet.
The last proposal would have cost owners of single engine aircraft $338 annually, as a new excise tax. A schedule proposed even higher fees for multi-engine and turbine aircraft.
But, being pilots, we always look for the granite lining in any beautiful cloud. What we have not discussed is the new 28-cents per 6-pack tax on beer! While we may have saved the $338 on excise tax, we will have lost it all if we consume a mere 1,207 six-packs per year. So, if you’re a square-jawed, steely-eyed aviator who regularly consumes 3 1/3 six-packs daily, there’s your $338.
The tax-dodge here, however, is that it is not levied on “craft” beers. So, remember, the next time you’re enjoying a frosty glass of Geoduck Stout, you are indeed beating the tax man.
PS – If you’d like to thank the same legislator you wrote to earlier, pick the Washington State Legislature choice to the left of this page, under Links You Can Use.