Private Jet Charter Tax Guide

Navigate tax rates for private jet charter worldwide with Global Charter's concise guide. Discover essential insights for seamless private jet travel.

Private Jet Charter Tax Guide

Chartering a private jet is frequently linked with luxury and comfort, but it is critical to understand the tax issues involved. These taxes might vary greatly between countries; thus, the total cost of your trip is also affected by them. This article helps you understand more about private charter taxes in various countries.

United States: Federal Excise Tax (FET)

The percentage tax for passenger and cargo transportation in 2024 remains at 7.5% and 6.25%, respectively; however, the domestic segment fee has increased from $4.80 to $5.00; the international head tax has increased from $21.10 to $22.20; and the head tax for Alaska and Hawaii has increased from $10.60 to $11.10.

This type of tax applies to all US charter flights as well as the ones that come in or depart from the designated countries. Moreover, flights going to Mexico and Canada with less than 200 miles of border remain to be taxed by the USA. Certain taxes and levies do not apply to US territories or Caribbean nations.

State Taxes

In addition to federal taxes, numerous states levied their taxes on jet charters. These may include sales taxes, usage taxes, and other aviation-specific levies. The rate and application of these taxes differ by state; thus, it is essential to review the exact legislation of the state from which you are chartering your aircraft.


European Union

In the European Union, private jet charter are usually subject to value-added tax (VAT). The average VAT rate varies per EU member state and normally runs between 17% and 27%. While some European nations collect extra taxes, such as an air navigation charge and landing fees, the amounts collected are determined by the environmental impact of the flights. 

United Kingdom: Air Passenger Duty (APD)

In the United Kingdom, Air Passenger Duty (APD) applies to private jet charter. As of 2024, APD prices for private planes are much higher than for commercial flights, with pricing ranging depending on distance and type of service. For example, the APD for flights under 2,000 miles is £82 per person; however, trips above 2,000 miles might have an APD of up to £554. Domestic United Kingdom flights utilising small helicopters and propeller aircraft are generally subject to VAT. Larger private planes are exempt from VAT.


Switzerland: Value Added Tax (VAT)

Switzerland applies a VAT of 7.7% on private jet charter. However, like the EU, international flights can be exempt from VAT.

Other Fees

Additional charges may include air navigation fees, landing fees, and noise-related taxes, depending on the specific airports used.


Canada: Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Harmonised Sales Tax (HST)

Private jet charter in Canada is taxed under either the Goods and Services Tax (GST) or the Harmonised Sales Tax (HST), depending on the province. The GST rate is 5%, while HST rates can be up to 15% in provinces like Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Provincial Taxes

Certain provinces levy extra-provincial sales taxes (PST), which can vary greatly. For example, British Columbia levies a 7% PST on private jet charter. 

Italy: Value-Added Tax (VAT) and Luxury Tax

In Italy, chartering a private jet involves paying a 22% VAT, though international flights may be exempt. There is also a luxury tax based on aircraft weight and stay duration, alongside various airport fees such as landing, parking, and handling charges. Luxury tax is charged to each passenger on each leg of the flight. The per-passenger fee is 100 euros for legs less than 100 kilometres, 100 euros for legs between 100 and 1500 kilometres, and 200 euros for flights longer than 1500 kilometres.

Australia: Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Australia imposes a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% on private jet charter. However, international flights are generally zero-rated for GST purposes, meaning no GST is charged on flights departing from Australia to international destinations.

Other Fees

Australia also imposes various airport fees, air navigation charges, and security fees that can add to the cost of a private jet charter.


Brazil: Value Added Tax (VAT) and ICMS

In Brazil, private jet charter are subject to VAT, which varies by state but is generally around 25%. Additionally, the Tax on Circulation of Goods and Services (ICMS) applies, with rates that can vary significantly between states.

Other Fees

Brazil also imposes various airport fees, air navigation charges, and potential import duties on foreign-registered aircraft.


Russia: Value Added Tax (VAT)

In Russia, private jet charter are subject to a VAT rate of 20%. There are exemptions for international flights and for certain types of operations.

Other Fees

Additional costs can include air navigation fees, landing fees, and environmental charges.


Middle East: Value Added Tax (VAT)

Countries in the Middle East, such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have introduced VAT on goods and services, including private jet charter. The standard VAT rate in these countries is 5%. However, international flights are typically zero-rated, so VAT is not applied to these services. Some Middle Eastern countries may also impose departure taxes or other aviation-related fees, which can vary depending on the airport and the destination.

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The tax environment for private jet charter is complicated and varies greatly per nation. When planning your next charter, make sure to factor in these taxes and fees to avoid any surprises. Consulting with a tax specialist or charter broker can help you stay compliant while also optimising your trip budget.

Understanding the tax consequences in various countries allows you to make better decisions and enjoy the luxury of private jet travel with greater peace of mind. Safe travels!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the main taxes I should be aware of when chartering a private jet?

When chartering a private jet, you should be aware of various taxes, such as the Federal Excise Tax (FET) in the United States, Value Added Tax (VAT) in the European Union and other countries, Air Passenger Duty (APD) in the United Kingdom, Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Canada and Australia, and various local state or provincial taxes.

Are international private jet flights subject to the same taxes as domestic flights?

International flights often have different tax treatments compared to domestic flights. For instance, in the United States, international flights are subject to an international head tax, and in Australia, international flights are generally zero-rated for GST purposes. Always check the specific regulations of the country you are flying to or from.

Can I reclaim VAT on private jet charter for business purposes?

In some countries, such as those in the European Union, VAT on private jet charter can be reclaimed if the flight is for business purposes and the operator is VAT registered. The specific rules and conditions vary by country.

Do all states in the U.S. have the same tax rates for private jet charter?

No, tax rates for private jet charter vary by state in the U.S. Some states impose sales taxes, use taxes, or other aviation-specific levies. It’s important to review the specific tax regulations of the state from which you are chartering your flight.

What are the additional fees associated with private jet charter?

In addition to taxes, private jet charter can incur various additional fees, such as air navigation charges, landing fees, environmental taxes, airport fees, and security fees. These fees vary by country and airport.

Are there any exemptions from these taxes and fees?

Exemptions can apply in various circumstances, such as international flights being zero-rated for GST in Australia or specific exemptions for certain types of operations in Russia. The availability of exemptions depends on the specific tax regulations of each country.

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