Georgia Governor Suspends State Jet Fuel Tax

By Anna Breuer on 30 July 2018
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Tybee Island in Georgia

Tybee Island in Georgia

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced on Monday that he had signed an executive order suspending the state’s collection of sales tax on jet fuel.

The Peach State will stop collecting the tax on Wednesday.

The move was applauded by the airline industry.

The decision will encourage the airline industry “to invest in the state’s future, leading to new and diverse flight options, lower fares, and greater opportunities for job growth at the world’s busiest airport,” said Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, the trade association representing major U.S. airlines.

Deal said that the state was at a disadvantage with the sales tax, since many other states either don’t levy a sales tax on jet fuel or have a lower tax. The tax brought the state’s coffers $39 million in fiscal 2018. The Georgia state legislature kept the tax in place in 2018 to penalize Delta Air Lines, headquartered in Atlanta, for discontinuing a discount for NRA members.

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