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10 States With the Highest Gas Taxes

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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 14.4 cents a gallon in Alaska to 77.1 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 23.4 cents per gallon of gas — the difference in state taxes between Pennsylvania and Maryland (53.7 cents per gallon) — would cost $112.32 a year.


A reminder, though: U.S. gas taxes are among the world’s lowest. In Canada, the federal tax is roughly double what it is in the U.S., and provincial taxes can be steep as well; Ontario’s is 55.7 cents per gallon.

Here are the 10 states with the highest gas taxes, including a look at how the states do on other big tax metrics, such as sales tax.

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Gas and diesel prices are from the American Petroleum Insitute. Sales taxes are from the Tax Foundation and, when listed as "average," represent a population-weighted value meant to capture local option taxes. Tobacco and vapor taxes are from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids as well as individual state tax websites.


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