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Business Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2018

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Annotation 570.1243


570.1243 Aircraft Refurbishing. An out-of-state company purchases a used commercial aircraft which is delivered outside California with title and possession transferring out of state. Shortly after the purchase, the first functional use of the aircraft is transporting representatives of the purchaser to another location outside California. Prior to ninety days from the date of purchase [see note below], the aircraft is flown to California for refurbishing which includes the installation of a new interior to modify the aircraft for noncommercial use. The refurbishing in California will take more than six months to complete. Upon completion of the refurbishing, the aircraft will be delivered to the purchaser outside California. Thereafter, the aircraft will be used noncommercially, solely outside the state.

The installation of an interior in an aircraft is the incorporating of tangible personal property into other tangible personal property. Accordingly, the act of installing the interior does not constitute "storage" or "use" of the aircraft when the aircraft is to be immediately transported outside California and thereafter used solely outside this state. If the sole utilization of the aircraft in California will be that of installing a new interior, the use tax will not be applicable pursuant to Regulation 1620(b)(5). The transportation of the aircraft into California under its own power will also be excluded from the term use. 5/7/86. (Am. 2006–1; Am. 2008–1).

(Note: For the period October 2, 2004 through June 30, 2007, under certain conditions any vehicle, vessel, or aircraft purchased outside of California and brought into the state within 12 months from the date of its purchase is presumed to be acquired for storage, use, or other consumption in California and subject to use tax.) (Regulation 1620(b)(5).)