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Technical Information Release  TIR 87-7: Jet Fuel Tax

Date: 06/24/1987
Organization: Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Referenced Sources: Massachusetts General Laws


On July 11, 1985, Chapter 145 of the Acts of 1985, "An Act to Provide Fiscal Relief to Cities and Town", was enacted. Chapter 64J of the Massachusetts General Laws as added by the Act empowers cities and towns accepting the provisions of Chapter 64J to levy an aircraft (jet) fuel tax on the sale or use of jet fuel in such city or town. Currently, Bedford, Boston, Lexington, Lincoln and Norwood have accepted these provisions.


Under Chapter 64J a licensed user-seller, or person required to be licensed as a user-seller, must pay a tax at the time of the purchase of aircraft (jet) fuel. A licensed supplier, or person required to be licensed as a supplier, must collect the aircraft (jet) fuel tax, file a return and pay over the tax to the Commissioner. Any person purchasing fuel upon which the aircraft (jet) fuel tax has not been paid must file a return and pay the tax due to the Commissioner. The jet fuel tax return (JET-4) must be filed and tax payment due must be paid on or before the twentieth (20th) day of each month for aircraft (jet) fuel sold or purchased during the preceding calendar month.

Tax Rate

The aircraft (jet) fuel tax is five percent 5% of the average price of fuel as determined by the Commissioner on a quarterly basis or five percent ($.05) per gallon whichever is greater. I have determined that the average price of aircraft (jet) fuel for the third calendar quarter of 1987 (July, August and September 1987) is less than one dollar ($1.00) per gallon. Therefore, I certify the tax rate for the months of July, August and September, 1987 to be five cents ($.05) per gallon.

If you have any questions, please direct your inquires to:

John Gendreau, Asst. Chief,
Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Special Projects Bureau
100 Cambridge Street, Room 705
Boston, MA 02204
Telephone: (617) 727-1908

/s/Ira A. Jackson
Ira A. Jackson
Commissioner of Revenue

June 24, 1987

TIR 87-7

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