A New Reason To Avoid Rhode Island

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You might not live in Rhode Island, or even keep your airplane in Rhode Island, but if you're not careful you could end up paying taxes for flying in Rhode Island. A recent "emergency regulation" states that if a "non-commercial" (business or private) aircraft flies between two points in the state, stays overnight, or lands there more than three times in one month, the aircraft is subject to a 7-percent "use tax." The regulation is now temporary, but according to the National Business Aviation Association, a hearing will be held next month to determine if it should be made permanent. By the way, Rhode Island is the smallest U.S. state, and not a part of New York (that's Long Island). Flying in a straight line, even in a Piper Cub, you could zip right past it before you finish your first cup of coffee. Considering this new regulation, that could be your most economical move.