Government-Imposed Taxes on Air Transportation

​Along with traditional income and payroll taxes, airlines and their customers (passengers and shippers) pay many special taxes and fees to a variety of authorities, both at home and abroad. Among the stated purposes of these taxes and fees are homeland (national) security, environmental protection, agriculture inspection, infrastructure enhancement, airport and airway operations and maintenance, and agency financing. See The Taxation of Air Transportation by Dr. Kenneth Button for an in-depth review. U.S. and foreign taxes have grown in number, amount, and scope since the advent of air transport.The amount a passenger pays in taxes and fees on a ticket varies according to his itinerary, including the number of times he or she boards a new flight and at what airports. [Note: Foreign-levied aviation taxes are numerous and varied. The burden is exacerbated by tax “competition” between the U.S. and foreign governments, as well as local airport authorities, and has grown with the advent of post-Sept. 11 security fees. The most comprehensive and current source of tax information available is the IATA List of Ticket and Airport Taxes and Fees. Contact the International Air Transport Association (IATA) directly for pricing information.] In addition to the special taxes and fees captured in the table below, the Federal Aviation Administration also chargesoverflight fees to operators of aircraft that fly in U.S.-controlled airspace, but neither take off nor land in the United States. Taxes and fees shown do not include those levied directly on the airline (e.g., income, property, franchise, sales/use, payroll, fuel).

Special (Commercial/General) Aviation Taxes





Passenger Ticket Tax 1a (domestic)




Flight Segment Tax 1a (domestic)


Frequent Flyer Tax 2


International Departure Tax 3




International Arrival Tax3


Cargo Waybill Tax 1b (domestic)




Commercial Jet Fuel Tax (domestic flights not continuing ex-USA)


Noncommercial Jet Fuel Tax (domestic) — n/a to airline ops




Noncommercial AvGas Tax (domestic) — n/a to airline ops




​Liquid Fuel used in a Fractional-Ownership Flight — n/a to airlines ​— ​14.1¢​


LUST Fuel Tax 4 (domestic)




Passenger Facility Charge

Up to $3.00

Up to $4.50


September 11th Fee 5


Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee 6


APHIS Passenger Fee 7



APHIS Aircraft Fee 7



Customs User Fee 8



Immigration User Fee 9



1. (a) Applies only to domestic transport or to journeys to Canada or Mexico within 225 miles of the U.S. border; (b) Applies only to flights within the 50 states. Both a and b are prorated on journeys between the mainland United States and Alaska/Hawaii
2. Applies to the sale, to third parties, of the right to award frequent flyer miles
3. Does not apply to those transiting the United States between two foreign points; $8.70 on flights between the mainland United States and Alaska/Hawaii
4. Congress created the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund in 1986 to 1) provide money for overseeing and enforcing corrective action taken by a responsible party, who is the owner or operator of the leaking UST and 2) provide money for cleanups at UST sites where the owner or operator is unknown, unwilling, or unable to respond, or which require emergency action
5. Funds TSA at up to $5 per one-way trip and $10 per round trip since 2/1/02; suspended 6/1/03-9/30/03
6. Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee; funds TSA since 2/18/02; suspended 6/1/03-9/30/03
7. Since 5/13/91 (passenger fee) and 2/9/92 (aircraft fee), funds agricultural quarantine and inspection services conducted by CBP (previously by the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) per 7 CFR 354; APHIS continues to perform certain Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI)-related functions that are funded by user fee collections
8. Since 7/7/86, funds inspections by U.S. Customs and Border Protection; passengers arriving from U.S. territories and possessions are exempt; also see CBP cargo security site
9. Since 12/1/86, the majority of the collections fund inspections by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and a smaller portion of the collections fund certain activities performed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that are related to air and sea passenger inspections

The following table illustrates the application of government-imposed taxes on a hypothetical domestic itinerary. Taxes shown do not include those levied directly on the airline (e.g., income, property, franchise, sales/use, payroll, fuel).

Sample Round-Trip Itinerary: Peoria (PIA) – Raleigh/Durham (RDU) via Chicago O’Hare (ORD)

Base Airline Fare


:  Federal Ticket (Excise) Tax (7.5%)


:  Passenger Facility Charge (PIA)


:  Federal Flight Segment Tax (PIA-ORD)


:  Federal Security Surcharge (PIA-ORD)


:  Passenger Facility Charge (ORD)


:  Federal Flight Segment Tax (ORD-RDU)


:  Federal Security Surcharge (ORD-RDU)


:  Passenger Facility Charge (RDU)


:  Federal Flight Segment Tax (RDU-ORD)


:  Federal Security Surcharge (RDU-ORD)


:  Passenger Facility Charge (ORD)


:  Federal Flight Segment Tax (ORD-PIA)


:  Federal Security Surcharge (ORD-PIA)


Total Taxes


Total Ticket (Fare + Taxes)


Taxes as % of Fare


Taxes as % of Ticket





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We are in the “Cherry Creek” area of Denver. Our office is 1 block north of the Colorado blvd exit on I-25.exit I-25 at Colorado blvd.

Go north on Colorado blvd to the first intersection [Mexico]. Turn right at the traffic light (east) on Mexico and go one block to the stop sign.

That’s our building directly in front of you. We are in the 12-story tall glass office building at the corner directly behind Best Buy. We are in Suite 308 on the third floor.

We are in a secure building and you will need to be buzzed in. There is guest parking available, and the intercom / security system is at the top of the wheelchair ramp on the right hand side of the lobby.

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Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) March 10, 2014

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