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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 1. PROPERTY TAXATION [50 - 5911]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 154. )

PART 2. ASSESSMENT [201 - 1367]

  ( Part 2 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 154. )

CHAPTER 5. Special Types of Property [982 - 1162]

  ( Chapter 5 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 154. )

ARTICLE 6. Certificated Aircraft [1150 - 1156]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1306. )

1150.
  

As used in this article, “certificated aircraft” means aircraft operated by an air carrier or foreign air carrier engaged in air transportation, as defined in Section 40102(a)(2), (5), (6), and (21) of Title 49 of the United States Code, while there is in force a certificate or permit issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, or its successor, authorizing such air carrier to engage in such transportation.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 351, Sec. 15. (SB 947) Effective January 1, 2012.)

1151.
  

Certificated aircraft shall be deemed to be situated in this state only to the extent that such aircraft are normally physically present within the state, whether in flight or on the ground. To determine such extent for purposes of property taxation, the allocation formula specified by Section 1152 shall be applied.

(Added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1306.)

1152.
  

The allocation formula to be used by each assessor is as follows:

(a) The time in state factor is the proportionate amount of time, both in the air and on the ground, that certificated aircraft have spent within the state during a representative period as compared to the total time in the representative period. For purposes of this subdivision, all time, both in the air and on the ground, that certificated aircraft have spent within the state prior to the aircraft’s first entry into the revenue service of the air carrier in control of the aircraft on the current lien date shall be excluded from the time in state factor. This factor shall be multiplied by 75 percent.

(b) The arrivals and departures factor is the proportionate number of arrivals in and departures from airports within the state of certificated aircraft during a representative period as compared to the total number of arrivals in and departures from airports during the representative period. This factor shall be multiplied by 25 percent.

(c) For the 1983–84 fiscal year and fiscal years thereafter, in computing the time-in-state factor, on each occasion during the representative period that a certificated aircraft has spent 720 or more consecutive hours on the ground, all ground time in excess of 168 hours shall be excluded from the time in state attributable to that aircraft.

(d) The time-in-state factor shall be added to the arrivals and departures factor.

(e) The figure produced by application of subdivision (d) equals the allocation to be applied to full cash value to determine the value to which the assessment ratio shall be applied.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1219, Sec. 1.)

1153.
  

After consulting with the assessors of the counties in which aircraft of an air carrier normally make physical contact, the board shall designate for each assessment year the representative period to be used by the assessors in assessing the aircraft of the carrier.

(Added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1306.)

1154.
  

(a) As used in this section, “air taxi” means aircraft used by an air carrier which does not utilize aircraft having a maximum passenger capacity of more than 60 seats or a maximum payload capacity of more than 18,000 pounds in air transportation and which holds a certificate of public convenience and necessity or other economic authority issued by the United States Department of Transportation, or its successor.

(b) Air taxis which are operated in scheduled air taxi operations are not subject to the provisions of Part 10 (commencing with Section 5301) of this division and shall be assessed in accordance with the allocation formula set forth in Section 1152.

(c) All other air taxis shall be assessed in the county where the aircraft is habitually situated in the same manner and at the same ratio as other personal property in the county subject to general property taxation. Such aircraft shall be taxed at the same rate and in the same manner as all other property on the unsecured roll.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 362, Sec. 1. (AB 2688) Effective January 1, 2013.)

1155.
  

For purposes of Section 404, certificated aircraft shall be deemed to be situated only in those taxing agencies in which the aircraft normally make physical contact with sufficient regularity to entitle such agencies to tax the aircraft under the laws and Constitution of the United States. Flight time within the state shall be allocated as follows:

(a) If the aircraft takes off in one taxing agency which is entitled to tax (within the meaning of the preceding sentence) and lands in another agency which is entitled to tax, the flight time between such taxing agencies shall be allocated one-half to each such agency.

(b) If the aircraft arrives from out of state or leaves the state, the flight time from or to the state boundary shall be allocated to the taxing agency entitled to tax in which the aircraft first lands or last takes off, as the case may be.

(Added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1306.)

1156.
  

Nothing in this article shall be construed to enlarge the right of any taxing agency to tax certificated aircraft in a manner not permitted by the laws or Constitution of the United States.

(Added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1306.)

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