State Gasoline Taxes

Taxes shown on the chart below were the rates in effect as of July 2004.
Where applicable, rates include estimated sales taxes, gross receipts taxes and UST taxes .

All 50 states and the District of Columbia collect a state tax on gasoline. The average state gasoline tax rate is 23.6-cents/gallon. Texas state tax on gasoline is 3.6-cents (15%) below the national average. At 20-cents per gallon Texas is tied with Louisiana, Vermont, and the District of Columbia for 36th highest gasoline tax rate. New York has the highest rate at 39.2-cents/gallon while Alaska has the lowest rate at 8-cents/gallon. The federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4-cents/gallon. [federal gas tax distribution] [state revenue per gallon of gasoline]

All 50 states and the District of Columbia collect a state tax on diesel (highway use). The average state diesel tax rate is 24.2-cents/gallon. Texas state tax on diesel is 4.2-cents (17%) below the national average. At 20-cents per gallon Texas is tied with Louisiana and the District of Columbia for 37th highest diesel tax rate. Hawaii has the highest rate at 39.6-cents/gallon while Alaska has the lowest rate at 8-cents/gallon. The federal excise tax on diesel is 24.4-cents/gallon.

STATE

GASOLINE
TAX / GAL.
RANK DIESEL
TAX / GAL.
RANK
Alabama 21.2 33 22.7 30*
Alaska 08.0 51 08.0 51
Arizona 19.0 40* 28.0 13*
Arkansas 21.7 30 22.7 30*
California 35.9 3 35.2 3
Colorado 22.0 28* 20.5 36
Connecticut 32.6 4 32.8 6
Delaware 23.0 27 22.0 32*
Dist. of Columbia 20.0 36* 20.0 37*
Florida 30.6 8 29.2 10
Georgia 14.3 49 13.7 50
Hawaii 38.5 2 39.6 1
Idaho 25.0 18* 25.0 22
Illinois 27.8 11* 36.5 2
Indiana 24.8 21 34.2 5
Iowa 21.5 31 23.5 28
Kansas 25.0 18* 27.0 16*
Kentucky 16.4 47 18.6 42
Louisiana 20.0 36* 20.0 37*
Maine 26.7 14 27.0 16*
Maryland 23.5 25* 24.5 25
Massachusetts 23.5 25* 23.5 28
Michigan 29.1 9 25.5 19
Minnesota 22.0 28* 22.0 32*
Mississippi 18.8 42 18.8 41
Missouri 17.0 44* 17.0 46
Montana 27.8 11* 28.5 12
Nebraska 25.7 16 25.1 21
Nevada 31.2 6 27.8 15
New Hampshire 20.6 35 20.6 35
New Jersey 14.5 48 17.5 44
New Mexico 18.0 43 19.0 40
New York 39.2 1 34.9 4
North Carolina 24.9 20 24.9 23
North Dakota 21.0 34 21.0 34
Ohio 26.0 15 29.0 11
Oklahoma 17.0 44* 14.0 48*
Oregon 24.0 23* 24.0 26*
Pennsylvania 27.3 13 32.3 7
Rhode Island 31.0 7 31.0 9
South Carolina 16.8 46 16.8 47
South Dakota 24.0 23* 24.0 26*
Tennessee 21.4 32 18.4 43
Texas 20.0 36* 20.0 37*
Utah 24.5 22 24.5 24
Vermont 20.0 36* 26.0 18
Virginia 19.0 40* 17.4 45
Washington 28.0 10 28.0 13*
West Virginia 25.4 17 25.4 20
Wisconsin 32.1 5 32.1 8
Wyoming 14.0 50 14.0 48*

Both Taxes
Above
Texas Below

Above Texas Below *Denotes Tie Above Texas Below *Denotes Tie

 

"It is my belief that Texans, if given a choice, would prefer to pay an extra 10 cent per gallon gasoline tax rather than convert an existing highway to a toll road."
Senator Jeff Wentworth (November 7, 2003) [link]

 

Texas is often compared to other 'major transportation states,' accordingly here are some direct comparisons.

STATE GASOLINE
TAX / GAL.
DIESEL
TAX / GAL.
California 35.9 35.2
Florida 30.6 29.2
New York 39.2 34.9
Texas 20.0 20.0
 
  California Florida New York
Gas Tax 15.9 above Texas
80% more
10.6 above Texas
23% more
19.2 above Texas
96% more
Diesel Tax 15.2 above Texas
76% more
9.2 above Texas
46% more
14.9 above Texas
75% more
       

 

CLICK HERE to see the Distribution of Federal Gasoline Taxes

Federal Gasoline Tax Distribution

State Revenue Per Gallon of Gasoline

 

This Page Last Updated: Thursday January 04, 2007

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