It costs more to drive in these states. The federal gasoline excise tax rate is 18.4 cents per gallon. States then add their own taxes and fees. The American Petroleum Institute’s April 2016 review (done quarterly) found 23 states with combined gas taxes and fees higher than the national average of 48.04 cents per gallon. Check out the top 10 highest gas taxes, state and federal combined, here.
Pennsylvania has no excise tax on gasoline, but its other fees add 50.3 cents to each gallon of gas sold in the state. Among the other fees collected by the Keystone State is a 1.1 cents per gallon underground storage tank fee, paid by gasoline retailers and collected by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.
Washington’s gas excise tax jumped 7 cents this year, going to 44.5 cents per gallon. It’s a good thing for Evergreen State drivers that it doesn’t collect any other gas-related fees or taxes, but the combined federal and state excise taxes still amount to almost 63 cents.
Florida’s state gasoline excise tax is only 4 cents per gallon. However, the Sunshine State collects 32.58 cents per gallon in other taxes, including the state sales tax, inspection fees, a state transportation system tax and various environmental taxes.
The Ocean State’s 33 cents per gallon state excise tax is indexed every 2 years. The state also collects an additional 1 cent environmental protection regulatory fee, which is split evenly on its underground storage tank program and the public transportation authority.