Taxes Are For the Little People…
Air Claire hits turbulence.
Yesterday, we learned that Claire McCaskill failed to pay over $280,000 on her private plane.
Today we find out the rest of the story…
Claire McCaskill registered her plane in Delaware, where no taxes are imposed. Then she moved the plane to Illinois, where she avoided paying taxes before she moved it to Missouri, where she ignored paying her taxes.
The St. Louis Beacon reported:
McCaskill said today that the matter of taxes didn’t arise then, because the plane was new — purchased in July 2006. No taxes were owed until 2007, so the family was unaware of the personal property tax issue, she said.
McCaskill added that if the family had been trying to avoid paying taxes, it would have left the plane in a hangar in Illinois, since no property taxes on planes are levied there. McCaskill said that Missouri is among a minority of states that allow local governments to assess personal property taxes on planes kept in their jurisdiction. McCaskill’s plane, like many private planes, is registered in Delaware, where no taxes are imposed.
Hat Tip Bryan Nichols and Sean Secrease
UPDATE: McCaskill used the plane on campaign trips for Obama.