Chart of the Day: Comparing National Gas Taxes

Here’s a chart that’s been making the rounds on Twitter.  Compared to almost any other industrialized country, the US doesn’t tax gasoline.

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With prices at near historic lows, it’s a good time to think more carefully about that. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.


4 Responses to Chart of the Day: Comparing National Gas Taxes

  1. Peter Roethke January 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    And, correct me if I’m wrong, but I understand that many of the countries with significant gasoline taxes don’t exclusively dedicate the proceeds to highway construction like we do in the United States.

    • Adam Froehlig
      Adam Froehlig January 8, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      To be fair, we don’t either (transit and bike/ped also getting shares), though all of ours remains transportation-based.

  2. Shawn January 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    Do you know if the other countries are including state sales tax?

    Our Federal tax is 4.86¢/L but the state average is 13.18¢/L, making it 18.04¢/L, which seems to be what the chart uses — so I’d consider that fair.

    (Without source data for the chart, it’s harder to verify though.) Would the author have time to investigate a few select nation’s gasoline tax policy to identify driving factors?

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke January 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      no idea. like i said, i found this on Twitter.

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