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Gasoline tax

A fuel tax (also known as a petrol, gasoline or gas tax, or as a fuel duty) is an excise tax imposed on the sale of fuel. In most countries the fuel tax is imposed on fuels which are intended for transportation. Fuels used to power agricultural vehicles, and/or home heating oil which is similar to diesel are taxed at a different, usually lower rate. The fuel tax receipts are often dedicated or hypothecated to transportation projects so that the fuel tax is considered by many a user fee. In other countries, the fuel tax is a source of general revenue. Sometime, the fuel tax is used as an ecotax, to promote ecological sustainability.

Role in energy policy

Taxes on transportation fuels have been advocated as a way to reduce pollution and the possibility of global warming and conserve energy. Placing higher taxes on fossil fuels makes petrol just as expensive as other fuels such as natural gas, biodiesel or electric batteries, at a cost to the consumer in the form of inflation as transportation costs rise to transport goods all over the country.

Proponents advocate that automobiles should pay for the roads they use and argue that the user tax should not be applied to mass transit projects.

Tax rates

International pump prices for diesel and gasoline for November 2010 are available at . Price history from surveys taken in November of even number years are also available. Price differences mostly reflect differences in tax policy.



In China, fuel tax has been a very contentious issue. Efforts by the State Council to institute a fuel tax in order to finance the National Trunk Highway System have run into strong opposition from the National People's Congress, largely out of concern for its impact on farmers. This has been one of the uncommon instances in which the legislature has asserted its authority.[2]

In Hong Kong, leaded petrol is taxed at $6.82 per litre and unleaded petrol at $6.06 per litre.


In India, the pricing of fuel varies by state, though central taxes still are part of the pump price of fuel. The Central and state government's taxes make up nearly half of petrol's pump price. The Central govt has different taxes, which amount to about 24–26% of the final cost. The states taxes vary, but on average end up making about 20–25% of the final cost. As a result, approximately 50% of the pump cost goes to the government in the form of different taxes. On the contrary, the dealer (shopowner) earns a paltry 1–2% of the pump price as his earning.

For example, in Bangaluru, Karnataka as of May 16, 2011, price of petrol is INR71.09 (Template:INRConvert/USD) per litre. Out of this, INR17.06 (Template:INRConvert/USD) go to Govt of India in the form of excise and customs tax. INR16.63 (Template:INRConvert/USD) is collected by state government in the form of sales tax and entry tax. Thus, a total of INR33.69 (Template:INRConvert/USD) is collected due to various taxes (which accounts for around 47% of the total price).[3]



Petroleum products destined for utilisation by aircraft engaged in commercial flights outside of the customs territory of continental France are exempt from all customs duties and domestic taxes.[4]


Fuel taxes in Germany are €0.4704 per litre for ultra-low sulphur Diesel and €0.6545 per litre for conventional unleaded petrol, plus Value Added Tax (19%) on the fuel itself and the Fuel Tax. That adds up to prices of €1.42 per litre for ultra-low sulphur Diesel and €1.55 per litre (approximately USD 8.10 per US gallon) for unleaded petrol (November 2011).


The sale of fuels in the Netherlands is levied with an excise tax. The 2007 fuel tax was € 0.684 per litre or $ 3.5 per gallon. On top of that is 21% VAT over the entire fuel price, making the Dutch taxes one of the highest in the world. In total, taxes account for 68.84% of the total price of petrol and 56.55% of the total price of diesel.[5] A 1995 excise was raised by Dutch gulden 25 cents (€0.11), the Kok Quarter (€0.08 raise per litre gasoline and €0.03 raise per litre diesel), by then Prime-Minister Wim Kok is now specifically set aside by the second Balkenende cabinet for use in road creation and road and public transport maintenance.


Motor fuel is taxed with both a road use tax and a CO2-tax. The road use tax on petrol is NOK 4.62 per litre and the CO2-tax on petrol is NOK 0.88 per litre. The road use tax on auto diesel is NOK 3.62 per litre mineral oil and NOK 1.81 per litre bio diesel. The CO2-tax on mineral oil is NOK 0.59 per litre.[6]


In Poland half of the petrol prices(50%), sold at petrol stations, are 3 taxes added all in the end user price:

  • akcyza ("excise")
  • opłata paliwowa ("fuel tax")
  • VAT (23%, is from summary of akcyza and opłata paliwowa and the price of petrol)

Akcyza and opłata paliwowa is given by European Commission law and cannot be lower than EU want. However it is higher in Poland, because of the decision made by Minister of finance. [7]


Tax on mineral resource extraction (2008–2009):

  • Oil: varies 1000 RUR/t – 13800 RUR/t; middle MRET 3000 RUR/t (0.058 €/l = 0.284 $/gal).
  • Natural gas: 147 RUR/1000m³ (4 €/1000m³).
  • Petroleum gas: no

Excise tax on motor fuel 2008–2009:

  • RON >80: 3629 RUR/t. (0.071 €/l = 0.343 $/US gal)
  • RON <=80: 2657 RUR/t. (0.052 €/l = 0.251 $/US

Other fuel (like avia gasoline, jet fuel, heavy oils, natural gas and autogas) prices has no excise tax.

Value Added Tax — 18% on fuel and taxes.

Full tax rate is near 55% of motor fuel prices (ministry of industry and energy facts 2006).


The fuel tax in Sweden comprises a carbon tax and an energy tax. The total tax (including value added tax) is, from January 1, 2011, 6.875 kr per liter petrol.[8]

United Kingdom

Main article: Hydrocarbon oil duty

From 23 March 2011 the UK duty rate for the road fuels unleaded petrol, diesel, biodiesel and bioethanol is GB£0.5795 per litre (£2.63 per imperial gallon or £2.19 per U.S. gallon).[9]

Value Added Tax at 20% is also charged on the price of the fuel and on the duty. An additional vehicle excise duty, depending on a vehicle's CO2 production per kilometre, which depends directly on fuel consumption, is also levied.

Diesel for use by farmers and construction vehicles is coloured red (Red Diesel) and has a much reduced tax, currently GB£0.1133 per litre (£0.52 per imperial gallon or £0.43 per U.S. gallon).[9]

Jet fuel used for international aviation attracts no duty, and no VAT.[10]

North America


Fuel taxes in Canada can vary greatly between locales. On average, about one-third of the total price of gas at the pump is tax. Excise taxes on gasoline and diesel are collected both federal and provincial governments, as well as by some select municipalities (Montreal, Vancouver, and Victoria); with combined excise taxes varying from 16.2 ¢/L (73.6 ¢/imperial gal; 61.2 ¢/US gal) in the Yukon to 30.5 ¢/L ($1.386/imperial gal; $1.153/US gal) in Vancouver. As well, the federal government and some provincial governments (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Quebec) collect sales tax (GST and PST) on top of the retail price and the excise taxes.[11]

United States

The first U.S. state to enact a gas tax was Oregon in 1919. The state of Colorado, North Dakota, and New Mexico followed shortly thereafter. By 1929, all existing 48 states had enacted some sort of gas tax.[12] Today, fuel taxes in the United States vary by state. The United States federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents per gallon (4.86 ¢/L) and 24.4 cents per gallon (6.45 ¢/L) for diesel fuel. On average, as of January 2013, state and local taxes add 30.4 cents to gasoline and 30.0 cents to diesel for a total US average fuel tax of 48.8 cents per gallon for gas (12.89 ¢/L) and 54.4 cents per gallon for diesel (14.37 ¢/L).[13]

The state and local tax figure includes fixed per gallon taxes as well as taxes that are a percentage of the sales price. For state-level fuel taxes, thirteen states levy taxes based on a percentage of the sales price, while Florida levies a tax with the rate tied to the Consumer Price Index.[14] The other thirty six states and the District of Columbia do not tie their tax rates to inflation or gas prices, and only see their gas tax rates change when lawmakers vote to change them. As of December 2011, twenty six states had gone ten years or more without an increase in their gasoline tax rate.[14]

The states that have a tax on their fuel, impose a tax on commercial drivers that travel through their state, even if the fuel is not purchased in that state. The paper work for this taxed on a quarterly basis and filed somewhat like a federal tax return that is done yearly. Most commercial truck drivers have an agent fill out the paper work. The driver calls in their information, the agent figures out how much tax should be paid to each state, then the agent faxes the forms to the driver and they are required to carry the papers with them along with their travel log books.[15]



The fuel tax system in Australia is very similar to Canada in terms of featuring both a fixed and a variable tax, but varies in the case of exemptions including tax credits and certain excise free fuel sources. Fuel taxes are handled by both the Federal and State Governments, including both an Excise Tax and a Goods and Services Tax or "GST". The tax collected is partly used to help fund national road infrastructure projects and repair roads, however most of it goes into general revenue.[16]

The current fuel tax in Australia is A$0.7188 per litre for petrol and ultra-low sulphur diesel (conventional diesel being taxed at A$0.60143 per litre). An excise for LPG of $0.125 per litre will be introduced from 2011, increasing to $0.225 per litre by 2015.

New Zealand

Fuel taxes in

See also


External links

  • International Fuel Prices 2009 with diesel and gasoline prices of 172 countries and information on fuel taxation for state financing
  • 2012 NACS Retail Fuels Report
  • Actual taxes on Unleaded and diesel Fuels in Europe
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