IRS: No tax refunds for fliers, after all

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  1. SC Flier
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    IRS: No tax refunds for fliers, after all (USAToday.com)

    The Internal Revenue Service said today that no fliers who flew during the past two weeks — when the Federal Aviation Administration was partially shut down — are eligible for ticket tax refunds.

    The decision may come as a surprise to millions of airline passengers who were expecting a refund after the FAA's partial shutdown on July 23.
     
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    IRS Statement on Airline Ticket Taxes (irs.gov)

    Aug. 5, 2011
    Today’s Congressional action extending the Federal Aviation Administration authorization reinstates retroactively the airline ticket taxes for passengers who traveled during the lapse of the FAA's authorization. As a result of the bill Congress passed today, passengers who purchased tickets prior to July 23 and traveled between July 23 and the date of enactment of today’s legislation are not entitled to a refund of the airline ticket excise tax. Additionally, the IRS intends to provide relief for passengers and airlines with respect to ticket taxes that were not paid or collected because of the lapse. The IRS is currently reviewing other effects of the legislation and will issue future guidance.
     
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    Update on above USAToday.com link:
    IRS spokesman Frank Keith says the re-authorization of the FAA's operations through Sept. 16 means that fliers who bought tickets before July 23 and traveled during the partial FAA shutdown should have paid federal taxes.​

    Keith says, however, that the IRS will "provide relief" to both passengers and airlines by not forcing passenger to retroactively pay the taxes or airlines to collect them.​

    Airlines must resume charging U.S. ticket taxes by 12:01 a.m., Aug. 8, says Keith.​
     
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    Darn! I was looking forward to a couple of kickbacks!
     
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    Thanks SC Flier for providing this useful & updated info. I too was hoping for a little tax relief.:( Should have known it just wasn't going to happen. C'est la vie!
     
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    Darn. I was also hoping to get a little back on some tickets. Oh well. Thanks for the update, SC Flier!
     
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    Booooooooooooo!!

    Is the government planning on doing anything right any time soon?
     
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    If the past several months are any indication, probably not! Regardless of one's political opinions or beliefs, it is shameful...

    :(
     
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    This *was* the right decision. We can't all complain about how ridiculous it was that the FAA was shut down over some ridiculous dispute, which put tens of thousands of people out of work and required airport safety inspectors to work unpaid, and then complain when we personally don't get a few bucks off our airplane tickets.
     
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    Not until i see swine-flew ;)
     
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    Like continuing it beyond Sept 16?
     
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    :(:( Ouch. My wife already spent the refund --- three times:eek:
     
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    There only two things certain in life:
    Death and taxes. We may find solutions for death;)
     
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    I don't mind that we're not getting refunds. I *do* mind that the taxes are being retained by the airlines as the government isn't going after them. If I have to pay taxes, I want them going where they're supposed to go (as much as possible in the bureaucracy) NOT toward the bonuses of airline execs.
     

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