Sept. 3, 2013 — -- intro: The federal gasoline excise tax rate is 18.4 cents per gallon. States then add their own taxes and fees. The American Petroleum Institute's July 2013 review (done quarterly) found 19 states with combined gas taxes and fees higher than the national average of 49.4 cents per gallon. Check out the top 10 highest gas taxes, state and federal combined.
quicklist:category: 71.9 cents per gallontitle: Californiatext: The bulk of the Golden State's gas taxes come from its excise tax, which increased to 39.5 cents per gallon July 1.
quicklist:2category: 69 cents per gallontitle: Hawaii text: Gas in America's island paradise is taxed at the state level of 17 cents per gallon. Hawaii also collects sales taxes and an environmental response tax on the fuel.
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quicklist:3category: 68.2 cents per gallontitle: New Yorktext: The Empire State has a relatively low gas excise tax of 8.1 cents per gallon, but makes up for that with a petroleum testing fee and sales taxes on gasoline.
quicklist:4category: 67.7 cents per gallontitle: Connecticuttext: Connecticut's gas excise tax is 25 cents per gallon. The Constitution State also collects, among other levies, a gross receipts tax on gasoline that increased July 1 to 8.1 percent.
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quicklist: 5category: 57.9 cents per gallontitle: Michigantext: Michigan's gas excise tax is 19 cents per gallon. Michigan also collects sales taxes and an environmental regulation fee.
quicklist: 6category: 57.5 cents per gallontitle: Illinois text: Illinois' gas excise tax is 19 cents per gallon. Illinois tax collectors also get sales tax money and levies for an underground storage tank fund.
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quicklist: 7category: 57.3 cents per gallontitle: Indianatext: The state's gas excise tax is 18 cents per gallon. Tax collectors in the Hoosier State also get money from sales tax on gas and a 1 cent per gallon inspection fee.
quicklist: 8category: 56.3 cents per gallontitle: North Carolinatext: The Tar Heel State's 37.6 cents per gallon gasoline excise tax accounts for the bulk of state levies. The only other charge is a 0.3 cents per gallon inspection fee.
quicklist: 9category: 55.9 cents per gallontitle: Washingtontext: Washington's gas excise tax is 37.5 cents per gallon. It's good news for Evergreen State drivers that it doesn't collect any other gas-related fees or taxes, but the combined federal and state excise taxes still amount to more than half a dollar per gallon.
quicklist: 10category: 53.8 cents per gallontitle: Floridatext: The Sunshine State collects a 4 cents per gallon gasoline excise tax, the smallest rate in the United States. But state and local gas sales taxes help push Florida's gas taxes above the national average.
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