The Aviation Excise Tax expired on Friday, July 22, 2011, at midnight.
For tickets sold beginning July 23, 2011, the following taxes will not be collected:
The expiration occurs based on the date at the location where the ticket is purchased. Taxes/Fees not specifically mentioned above will continue to apply.
- The 7.5% tax generally applicable to domestic transportation (as well the 7.5% tax on amounts received from the sale of "frequent flyer miles".)
- The $3.70 domestic segment tax.
- The $16.30 international arrival/departure tax.
- The $8.20 departure tax for flights between Alaska/Hawaii and the mainland US.
If a ticket was sold when the taxes were in effect, but the travel begins on a date when the taxes are not in effect, the taxes previously paid will be considered an overpayment. The person who paid the tax can request or file a claim for refund with the IRS. The IRS is expected to publish guidance on refund claims as early as Monday.