Posted at: 04/16/2013 6:58 AM
By: Associated Press
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says through an aide that he doesn't have to pay taxes on state helicopter flights to his home in Westchester, although state and federal guidelines show free commutes could be a taxable fringe benefit.
Cuomo spokesman Matt Wing says the infrequent trips Cuomo takes to and from his home to Albany, New York City and other places for official events don't constitute a fringe benefit because they are official trips.
Cuomo again didn't include any taxable "imputed" income for the trips to and from his home on 2012 tax returns made public Monday.
Most state employees must pay for commuting in a state vehicle. Previous governors have said through spokespeople they either reimbursed the state or paid taxes on any aircraft travel home.