How Much Do States Tax a Gallon of Gasoline?
Following up on our previous article about which states have the highest and lowest gasoline prices we thought it would be important to discuss how much each state taxes gasoline by the gallon. In order to answer this question we consulted data provided by the American Petroleum Institute. The API calculates the tax placed on each gallon of gas by accounting for the standard state tax rate and also includes other taxes that are included in the price of gas. These other taxes differ for most states and not all of them have them impacting the price of gasoline.
The gasoline taxes below are the total state tax for a gallon of regular gas.
|State||Total Tax per Gallon (in cents)|
|Source: www.api.com 2011 State Motor Fuel Excise Tax Report|
The average for all states is 29.7 cents per gallon of gasoline. People in the following five states should be happy to know that they have the lowest gasoline taxes: Alaska, Wyoming, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. The top 5 most taxed states are California, New York, Hawaii, Connecticut, and Illinois.