Steve Woods

Steve Woods worked for Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. through February 2016. At the time of his departure, Steve served as Director, Sales and Supply, Europe, Middle East & Africa, UVair. One of Steve’s specialties is his understanding of the complicated and varying differences by country of value-added taxes throughout Europe.

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Jet A-1 Fuel Uplifts in Europe – Part 2: Claiming Exemptions for Minimizing Costs, Taxes and Duties

Jet A-1 Fuel Uplifts in Europe – Part 2: Claiming Exemptions for Minimizing Costs, Taxes and Duties

There are options available for exempting Value Added Tax (VAT) and Mineral Oil Tax (MOT) on fuel uplifts in Europe. Applicable rules and requirements vary depending upon the country, airport and nature of your flight…

December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments More
Jet A-1 Fuel Uplifts in Europe – Part 1: Basic Considerations for Minimizing Costs, Taxes and Duties

Jet A-1 Fuel Uplifts in Europe – Part 1: Basic Considerations for Minimizing Costs, Taxes and Duties

Pre-planning fuel uplifts in Europe can significantly impact overall operating costs by minimizing impact of fuel taxes and duties. Depending upon where you uplift and your type of flight, fuel costs at some locations may be three times what they’d be at other locations…

November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More
VAT Compliance Program for Europe: Part 2 – VAT Compliance Programs

VAT Compliance Program for Europe: Part 2 – VAT Compliance Programs

Various Value-Added Tax (VAT) compliance programs are available to general aviation operators. The benefit of these programs is to help manage VAT obligations and minimize VAT payments at the pump. Be aware, however, that not all VAT compliance programs are the […]

December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
VAT Compliance Programs for Europe: Part 1 – VAT Considerations

VAT Compliance Programs for Europe: Part 1 – VAT Considerations

Value-Added Tax (VAT) in Europe can significantly impact your operational costs while in the region. While many business aircraft operators reclaim VAT after the fact, this can be an expensive and lengthy rebate process. The best approach, when possible, is to exempt (or zero-rate) VAT at time of Jet A-1 fuel uplift […]

December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More
How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 2: Taxes, Documentation, and Tips

How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 2: Taxes, Documentation, and Tips

Business aircraft operators should always ensure they’re comparing apples with apples when reviewing competing jet fuel quotes. In some parts of the world, particularly Europe, fuel taxes can double or triple the base price of fuel. Depending on your type of […]

June 17, 2014 | 1 Comment More
How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 1: Know the Basics

How-To: Requesting Jet Fuel Quotes – Part 1: Know the Basics

Jet fuel uplifts remain one of the most significant opportunities for business aircraft operators to save on overall flight department costs. To take advantage of these savings, however, it’s important to source and compare jet fuel quotes for every destination […]

June 10, 2014 | 2 Comments More
European Excise Duties on Jet A-1: France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Isle of Man

European Excise Duties on Jet A-1: France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Isle of Man

While the EU has general guidelines covering excise duty and duty exemptions applicable to Jet A-1, each member state has its own particular rules. European states – as well as territories outside the EU, including Switzerland, Sweden, and the Isle of Man – have their own policies on duty and duty […]

April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More
European Excise Duties on Jet A-1: Guidelines for Business Aircraft Operators

European Excise Duties on Jet A-1: Guidelines for Business Aircraft Operators

Europe excise duties are applied to aircraft fuel uplifts and can significantly impact cost of fuel at the time of uplift for general aviation operators. Excise duty exemptions are available depending on the status and nature of your flight, but exemption requirements vary from country to country […]

March 31, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Benefits of EU VAT Exemption Programs for Jet A-1 Uplifts

Benefits of EU VAT Exemption Programs for Jet A-1 Uplifts

With Value Added Tax (VAT) rates as high as 27% in the European Union (EU),there’s a significant benefit for business aircraft operators taking steps to exempt taxes at the pump on Jet A-1 fuel uplifts throughout Europe. While various VAT exemption programs exist, they’re all different in terms of countries covered and enrollment procedures. Due […]

December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
VAT exemptions on Jet A-1 fuel in Europe

VAT exemptions on Jet A-1 fuel in Europe

Value-Added Tax (VAT) exemptions on Jet A-1 fuel uplifts within Europe are possible for both charter (non-scheduled commercial) and private non-revenue business flights not operating for "leisure" purposes. Keep in mind that regulations and exemption rules vary country-to-country (especially for business [non-commercial] flights) and that there are a wide range of regulatory nuances to consider. […]

November 12, 2013 | 1 Comment More
VAT Exemption Programs for Aviation Fuel Purchases

VAT Exemption Programs for Aviation Fuel Purchases

In today’s economy, business aviation operators are looking to reduce operating costs whenever and wherever possible. The ability to exempt Value Added Tax (VAT) on aviation fuel purchases will save you an average of 19-20% on fuel uplifts in Europe, and this translates into dramatic operating cost savings over time. Operators must, however, do their […]

March 6, 2013 | 1 Comment More
How to Select a VAT Recovery Program: Tips for Business Aviation Operators

How to Select a VAT Recovery Program: Tips for Business Aviation Operators

This aviation blog post is part of a series on tax issues impacting business jet operators. Valued Added Tax (VAT) can add 15-25% to all aircraft- and business-related expenses while in the European Union (EU). The good news is that these taxes, in many cases, can be exempted at the pump or reclaimed after the […]

May 2, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Minimizing Jet Fuel Costs: 5 Tips for EU VAT and MOT Exemptions

Minimizing Jet Fuel Costs: 5 Tips for EU VAT and MOT Exemptions

This aviation blog post is part of a series on aircraft fueling for business aviation and continues from our last post: 5 Best Practices When Making Aircraft Fueling Arrangements. Jet fuel taxes vary by location and can more than double the base fuel price on international trips. There’s a lot to consider in terms of […]

January 26, 2012 | 13 Comments More
5 Best Practices When Making Aircraft Fueling Arrangements

5 Best Practices When Making Aircraft Fueling Arrangements

This aviation blog post is part of a series on aviation fueling tips and tricks for business jet operators. Planning fuel uplifts in advance is one of the best ways corporate operators can save money. Confirming credit in advance is particularly important – especially if you’re flying to a new or remote destination. Fuel taxes […]

January 25, 2012 | 2 Comments More