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.


4 thoughts on “Chart of the Day: Comparing National Gas Taxes

  1. Peter Roethke

    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.

  2. Shawn

    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?

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