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States with highest gasoline taxes
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.
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Pennsylvania, 68.7 cents per gallon
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.
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Washington, 62.9 cents per gallon
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.
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New York, 60.72 cents per gallon
The Empire State has a relatively low gas excise tax of 8.05 cents per gallon, but makes up for that with a motor fuel tax, petroleum testing fee and sales taxes on gasoline.
Hawaii, 60.39 cents per gallon
Gas in America’s island paradise is taxed at the state level of 17 cents per gallon. Hawaii also collects sales taxes and an environmental response tax on the fuel.
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California, 58.83 cents per gallon
The bulk of the Golden State’s gas taxes comes from its excise tax of 30 cents per gallon. The state also collects a 2.25% sales tax on gasoline, plus applicable district taxes.
Connecticut, 56.26 cents per gallon
Connecticut’s gas excise tax is 25 cents per gallon. The Constitution State also collects, among other levies, a gross receipts tax of 8.1% on gasoline.
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Florida, 54.98 cents per gallon
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.
North Carolina, 53.65 cents per gallon
The Tar Heel State cut its gasoline excise tax a penny in 2016 to 35 cents per gallon. The only other charge is a 0.25 cents per gallon inspection fee.
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Rhode Island, 52.40 cents per gallon
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.
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Nevada, 52.25 cents per gallon
The Silver State collects a 23 cents per gallon excise tax on gas. State cleanup and inspection fees, along with individual county taxes, add to Nevada’s pump prices.