Wis. sales tax hinders growth in state's aviation industry

A Wisconsin state sales tax on parts and labor for the maintenance of privately-owned aircraft puts businesses at a competitive disadvantage to neighboring states, business owners say. Michigan, Ohio, Missouri and Indiana do not charge taxes on maintenance work for private aircraft. "It puts companies such as ours, but primarily the larger ones such as Gulfstream in Appleton and Citation Service Center in Milwaukee, at a distinct disadvantage, because some of your bigger inspections on some of your larger aircraft, your jet aircraft, can run you $100,000," said Jeff Baum, president and CEO of Wisconsin Aviation.

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