It is important that the statement be returned every year. If you no longer own the aircraft, you are still required to notify the Assessor in writing. If a statement is not returned, an estimated assessment will be made using the best information available, and a 10% penalty on the assessed value will be added for failure to file a statement as mandated per California Revenue and Taxation Code, section 463.
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The filing of an annual Aircraft Property Statement (PDF) is a requirement of section 441(d) of the California Revenue and Taxation Code. Statements are sent in order to gather the most up to date information on the property so that an accurate value can be determined.
Whenever the due date for filing an Aircraft Property Statement falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the statement may be filed by the close of business (5 p.m.) on the next regular business day with the same effect as if it had been filed on the specified due date.