In the U.S. each state has an excise tax they levy against the consumption of gasoline, which is charged on a per gallon basis. In addition, there is a federal excise tax as well placed on gasoline.
As of April 2014, California has the highest gasoline tax among the 50 states with a state specific gasoline tax of 52.9¢ per gallon. In addition to a federal gasoline tax of 18.4¢ per gasoline, Californians pay a total of 71.3¢ in taxes on each gallon.
Top 5 Highest U.S. State Gasoline Taxes
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The average state has a gasoline tax of 31.5¢/gallon and a combined state and federal gasoline tax of 49.9¢/gallon. The state with the lowest gasoline tax is Alaska who pay just 12.4¢ per gallon (30.8¢ per gallon combined).
Did you know: the first U.S. state to levy a fuel tax was Oregon in 1919 at 5¢ per gallon.