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"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." -- Benjamin Franklin

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A Sense of Humor is Almost Always Recommended

I received this in an email a few years ago. I don’t remember who sent it to me. Therefore, if it is completely made up, I applaud the effort. If not, I apologize for not knowing who wrote this. I intended to give you credit, but I was laughing so much it slipped my mind.


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WTF is...

I hear a lot of people yapping on the net about SPAM. I think they are whiners that have forgotten the simple times of a few years ago.

Can you imagine in the 60’s a Federal panel to create a database of businesses that sends out too much mail? We all used to get a stack of envelopes in our mail box. We all used to open our “snail mail” over a waste paper basket. It took about ten minutes a day to “sort” our mail and round file the stuff we didn’t even want to open in this manner.


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Why Hire an Aircraft Tax Consultant

There are all kinds of doctors. The profession has split into specialties like ears, nose and throat, various cancers etc. These highly trained specialists have decided to focus on one area that they feel needs special attention. These people feel they are serving mankind in the best manner by sharpening their skill set to the point that they think they can overcome the insurmountable odds posed by certain areas of disability.


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Taxes: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

When it comes to filing one’s taxes, an ounce of prevention might well be worth two pounds of cure.

By Tom Alston, CEO & Founder of Aero & Marine Tax Pros


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IS THERE A LEGAL WAY TO AVOID SALES TAX?

Every person who has contemplated an aircraft purchase in the last few years has asked the question “Is there a legal way to avoid sales tax?” Most of these people ponder this question with the same seriousness as “Will I win the Lotto tonight?”

By Tom Alston, CEO & Founder of Aero & Marine Tax Pros


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Where should I take possession of my aircraft?

Definition of physical possession: This is where a party representing the seller (or the seller himself) and a person representing the buyer (or the buyer himself) transfer physical possession and control of the aircraft from the seller to the buyer.

By Tom Alston, CEO & Founder of Aero & Marine Tax Pros


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Where should I register my aircraft?

Many people believe that they can set up an LLC in Delaware or any other location outside California in order to avoid sales or use tax in California. The state where the LLC or corporation is registered has nothing to do with legally avoiding tax in California. In fact, as I have mentioned before many times, don’t leave things to chance.

By Tom Alston, CEO & Founder of Aero & Marine Tax Pros


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The Long Arm of the Board of Equalization

The Board assesses use tax on all vessels and aircraft which are used in California regardless of where they are purchased, where they are registered or where the owner resides. This may sound extreme, but remember, we are talking about a tax agency.

By Tom Alston, CEO & Founder of Aero & Marine Tax Pros


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The Dealer License Myth

Many times taxpayers call me when they receive a notice from the Board of Equalization (BOE); often they feel that they have been unfairly singled out. Many times they open the conversation with, “I have a dealer’s license. I don’t have to pay tax.”

By Tom Alston, CEO & Founder of Aero & Marine Tax Pros


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Signing an Out-of-state Affidavit Does Not Exempt You from Filing a Tax Return for the Purchase

Many people sign affidavits when they purchase aircraft from a California retailer which allows them to make a purchase in a sales tax exempt manner. If you fit into this category, you probably have not been warned that subsequent to an audit of the retailer’s records, the Board of Equalization (Board) will audit your purchase directly with you.

By Tom Alston, CEO & Founder of Aero & Marine Tax Pros

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