States With the Highest Gas Taxes

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5 States With the Highest Gas Taxes

State taxes on gas vary significantly in the U.S. Which state lines are worth crossing for your next fill-up?


Fortunately for drivers, the federal government's gas tax hasn't budged from 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. However, every state and the District of Columbia add their own taxes, too, ranging from 12 cents a gallon in Alaska to 52 cents a gallon in Pennsylvania.

Whether you're simply saving a few bucks while road-tripping or saving big bucks on regular fill-ups all year long, crossing state lines for gas can pay off. For someone who drives 12,000 miles a year in a car that averages 25 miles per gallon, for example, paying an extra 26 cents per gallon of gas -- the difference in state taxes between neighboring Connecticut (41 cents per gallon) and New Jersey (15 cents per gallon) -- would cost $124.80 a year.

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In the map below, we call out the 5 states with the highest gas taxes. Also check out 5 States With the Lowest Gas Taxes. And visit the Kiplinger Tax Map for full state tax profiles to discover how much each state taxes gas, beer, property, income and more.

SOURCES: State tax departments and the American Petroleum Institute