10 States With the Highest Gas Taxes

Skip the fill-up in these states with the highest gas taxes to save money on your next road trip. Sometimes, crossing state lines is all it takes to spend less.

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High gas prices can make the holiday season feel even more expensive than it already is, and high gas taxes can make filling up to visit loved ones feel even more painful. Unfortunately, some states have very high gas taxes. But the good news is that if you know which ones they are, you can try to plan your gas stops accordingly. 

The federal gas tax isn’t too bad at $0.184 per gallon, but these states charge more than twice that amount. Diesel taxes aren’t much better. The federal tax on diesel fuel is $0.244 per gallon, but diesel taxes on this list are much higher. So, if filling up can wait until you cross state lines, it might be worth it.

Here are 10 states to avoid getting gas in (if possible).

(Note: State or local sales taxes may not be included in the gas tax totals listed.) 


[Gas and diesel tax prices are based on data from the Federation of Tax Administrators and the Tax Policy Center. This data reflects prices accurate as of January, 2023.]

Katelyn Washington
Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years’ experience working in tax and finance. While she specializes in tax content, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement and financial planning and has had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes that knowledge is the key to success and enjoys helping others reach their goals by providing content that educates and informs.