Texas drivers still pay 20 cents per gallon in state gas taxes

State gas taxes and fees in Texas amount to 20 cents per gallon, the seventh lowest rate among the 50 states, according to an analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St. 

As of January of this year, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Texas was $2.17. And the state’s gas tax as a share of the total cost of a gallon of gas stood at 9.2 percent.

In addition to state gas taxes – which can make up between 5 percent and more than 20 percent of the cost of gas – the federal government levies a tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, 24/7 Wall St. reported.

The analysis is based on data from the American Petroleum Institute, which advocates for the oil industry. As a rule, in states that place higher taxes on gasoline, registered vehicles are driven fewer miles annually, the study found.

The average cost of a gallon of gas nationwide in January was $2.50, well below the average price eight years ago, when gas cost $4 per gallon, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Texas has not raised its motor fuels tax since 1991.


State Gas Taxes, From Lowest to Highest

Rank State State Gas Tax (Cents per Gallon) Average Gas Price per Gallon as of January 2020 State Tax as % of Gas Price Miles Traveled per Driver Annually
50 Alaska 14.4 $2.98 4.8% 10,237
49 Missouri 17.4 $2.15 8.1% 17,926
48 Mississippi 18.8 $2.20 8.5% 19,791
47 New Mexico 18.9 $2.37 8.0% 18,711
46 Arizona 19.0 $2.82 6.7% 12,516
45 Oklahoma (tied) 20.0 $2.22 9.0% 18,142
44 Texas (tied) 20.0 $2.17 9.2% 16,237
43 Louisiana 20.0 $2.21 9.1% 14,610
42 Virginia 22.0 $2.30 9.6% 14,393
41 Colorado 22.0 $2.56 8.6% 12,711
40 South Carolina 22.8 $2.22 10.3% 14,769
39 Delaware 23.0 $2.24 10.3% 12,943
38 North Dakota 23.0 $2.44 9.4% 17,558
37 New Hampshire 23.8 $2.45 9.7% 11,859
36 Wyoming 24.0 $2.57 9.3% 24,898
35 Kansas 24.0 $2.24 10.7% 14,976
34 Arkansas 24.8 $2.23 11.1% 17,095
33 Kentucky 26.0 $2.33 11.2% 16,337
32 Massachusetts 26.5 $2.56 10.4% 13,530
31 Alabama 27.2 $2.25 12.1% 17,796
30 Tennessee 27.4 $2.27 12.1% 14,997
29 Minnesota 28.6 $2.39 12.0% 17,823
28 South Dakota 30.0 $2.41 12.5% 15,224
27 Maine 30.0 $2.53 11.9% 14,207
26 Nebraska 30.2 $2.39 12.7% 14,768
25 Iowa 30.5 $2.30 13.3% 14,725
24 Vermont 30.8 $2.63 11.7% 13,005
23 Utah 31.1 $2.60 12.0% 15,793
22 Montana 32.8 $2.52 13.0% 15,752
21 Wisconsin 32.9 $2.37 13.9% 15,364
20 Idaho 33.0 $2.58 12.8% 14,139
19 Nevada 33.8 $2.97 11.4% 14,278
18 Georgia 34.5 $2.34 14.7% 18,337
17 Rhode Island 35.0 $2.55 13.7% 10,580
16 West Virginia 35.7 $2.48 14.4% 17,107
15 North Carolina 36.4 $2.33 15.6% 16,130
14 Maryland 36.7 $2.41 15.2% 13,561
13 Oregon 36.8 $2.97 12.4% 12,573
12 Ohio 38.5 $2.43 15.9% 14,251
11 Connecticut 40.1 $2.63 15.2% 12,126
10 New Jersey 41.4 $2.57 16.1% 12,225
9 Michigan 42.0 $2.37 17.7% 14,314
8 Florida 42.3 $2.41 17.5% 14,433
7 New York 45.0 $2.68 16.8% 10,128
6 Indiana 46.6 $2.36 19.7% 17,765
5 Hawaii 48.4 $3.66 13.2% 11,479
4 Washington 49.4 $3.10 16.0% 10,553
3 Illinois 53.7 $2.60 20.7% 12,387
2 Pennsylvania 58.7 $2.70 21.7% 11,356
1 California 60.6 $3.52 17.2% 12,900

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

This article was first published by The Center Square.



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