Waiting on the Airline Refund? Now It’s Not on the Way

Christopher Axene | August 11th, 2011

So much for the airline tax refund you may have been expecting.

If you traveled by air and purchased a plane ticket on or before July 22, 2011, for a trip leaving July 23 or later, you may have heard that you may be eligible for a refund on the air transportation excise tax you paid. Recent legislation means there will not be a refund.

Congress recently approved and President Obama has signed the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011, Part IV, which retroactively reinstated the air transport related taxes and extends them through September 16, 2011. The legislation also reinstates higher taxes on certain fuels used in aviation retroactive to July 23 and extends them through September 16, 2011, too.

Prior to this extension, the air transport taxes and higher taxes on certain aviation fuels expired on July 22, 2011.

As a result, if you purchased an airline ticket before July 23, 2011 and traveled between that date and August 5, 3011, you are now not entitled to a refund of the airline excise tax.

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