10 States With the Highest Gas Taxes
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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 14.66 cents a gallon in Alaska to 61.20 cents a gallon in California.

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 22 cents per gallon of gas — the difference in state taxes between Pennsylvania and Maryland (36.70 cents per gallon) — would cost $105.60 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 cents per gallon (or roughly 42 cents per gallon in U.S. dollars).

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.

SEE ALSO: 10 States With the Lowest Gas Taxes

Gas and diesel prices are from the American Petroleum Institute. 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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New Jersey

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State Fuel Tax: $0.4140 gasoline, $0.4850 diesel.

State Sales Tax: 6.625%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $4.35 per pack

Snuff: $3 per ounce

Cigars: 50% of the wholesale price ($0.50 per-piece cap)

Chewing and smoking tobacco: 50% of the wholesale price

Vapor products:Vapor products: $0.10 per milliliter of e-liquid

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in New Jersey.

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Michigan

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State Fuel Tax: $0.4198 gasoline, $0.4318 diesel.

State Sales Tax: 6.00%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $2.00 per pack

Other tobacco products: 32% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Michigan.

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Florida

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State Fuel Tax: $0.4199 gasoline, $0.3497 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 7.05%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $1.34 per pack

Cigars: No tax

Other tobacco products: 85% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Florida.

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New York

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State Fuel Tax: $0.4541 gasoline, $0.4505 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 8.49%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $4.35 per pack (in New York City, an extra $1.50 per pack is due)

Moist snuff: $2 per container one ounce or less, $2 per ounce for larger containers

Cigars: 75% of the wholesale price; however, a complex discount program makes the effective rate about 30%.

Other tobacco products: 75% of the wholesale price

Vapor products: A tax 20% of the retail price goes into effect December 1, 2019

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in New York.

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Indiana

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State Fuel Tax: $0.4662 gasoline, $0.5000 diesel.

State Sales Tax: 7.00%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $1.00 per pack

Moist snuff: $0.40 per ounce

Other tobacco products: 24% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Indiana.

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Hawaii

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State Fuel Tax: $0.4841 gasoline, $0.5045 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 4.41%.*

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $3.20 per pack

Cigars: 50% of the wholesale price

Other tobacco products: 70% of the wholesale price

*Hawaii's sales tax is computed on virtually every transaction in the state, and so has a much greater pocketbook effect than the percentage would suggest.

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Hawaii.

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Washington

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State Fuel Tax: $0.4940 gasoline, $0.4940 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 9.21%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $3.03 per pack

Moist snuff: $2.53 per 1.2-ounce container

Cigars: 95% of sale price, with a cap of $0.75 per cigar

Other tobacco products: 95% of the wholesale price

Vapor products: Containers larger than five milliliters are taxed at $0.09 per milliliter/all others, $0.27 per milliliter

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Washington.

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Illinois

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State Fuel Tax: $0.5387 gasoline, $0.61928 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 8.78%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $2.98 per pack, Cook County has an additional tax of $3.00. Three localities, all in Cook County, add to that: Chicago ($1.18) Evanston ($0.50) and Cicero ($0.16). A pack purchased in Chicago has the highest total tax in the country: $7.16 per pack.

Moist snuff: $0.30 per ounce

Other tobacco products: 36% of the wholesale price

E-cigarettes: 15% of wholesale price/$0.20 per milliliter in Cook County/$0.80 per unit plus $0.55 per milliliter in Chicago

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Illinois.

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Pennsylvania

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State Fuel Tax: $0.5870 gasoline, $0.7520 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 6.34%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $2.60 per pack. The City of Philadelphia levies an additional $2.00 local tax per pack

Cigars: No tax

Other tobacco products: 55 cents per ounce

Vapor products: 40% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Pennsylvania.

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California

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State Fuel Tax: $0.6120 gasoline, $0.8693 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 8.66%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $2.87 per pack. Localities are not allowed to add to this, but San Francisco tacks on a $0.75 “Cigarette Litter Abatement Fee.”

Other tobacco products and vapor products: 63% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in California.

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