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How Much Drivers Pay in Taxes at the Pump in Minnesota

imageForEntry20 KY8 2With many Americans working from home now, far fewer commuters get behind the wheel every day compared to before the pandemic. Still, travel has picked up considerably over the last year. And gas prices have followed suit. Drivers were paying an average of $3.31 per gallon as of mid-January, according to AAA, up considerably from the early months of the pandemic when gas prices tumbled to less than $2.00 per gallon.

Indeed, the price of gasoline has been a sore spot for inflation-strapped consumers. From December 2020 to December 2021, the energy index portion of the consumer price index leaped 29.3%, contributing to an overall index jump of 7%, the largest 12-month increase in nearly four decades.

What Americans pay at the pump depends on the price of crude oil, determined by global supply and demand forces, the cost of transporting the fuel and refining costs, and taxes. Taxes are one of the factors responsible for the variation in gas prices from state to state.

On top of the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, Minnesota levies an additional excise tax of 30.6 cents – the 24th lowest gas tax rate among states. Revenue from these taxes typically go to fund road construction and repair.

The average price of a gallon of gas across Minnesota was $3.12 as of mid-January 2022, the 19th lowest price in the country. Taxes levied by the state account for about 9.8% of the total cost of fuel.

Rank State Total state gas taxes & fees (¢/gallon) Avg. gas price, Jan. 2022 ($/gallon) State taxes as share of avg. price per gal. (%)
1 California 68.2 4.65 14.6
2 Illinois 59.6 3.45 17.3
3 Pennsylvania 58.7 3.52 16.7
4 Hawaii 51.7 4.34 11.9
5 New Jersey 50.7 3.38 15.0
6 Nevada 50.5 3.82 13.2
7 Indiana 49.8 3.19 15.6
8 Washington 49.4 3.95 12.5
9 New York 48.2 3.48 13.8
10 Michigan 45.2 3.16 14.3
11 Florida 43.6 3.22 13.5
12 Oregon 38.8 3.92 9.9
13 North Carolina 38.8 3.09 12.6
14 Ohio 38.5 3.09 12.5
15 Georgia 37.6 3.11 12.1
16 Maryland 36.1 3.25 11.1
17 Connecticut 35.8 3.49 10.2
18 West Virginia 35.7 3.21 11.1
19 Rhode Island 35.0 3.36 10.4
20 Virginia 34.4 3.14 10.9
21 Montana 33.3 3.39 9.8
22 Idaho 33.0 3.55 9.3
23 Wisconsin 32.9 3.04 10.8
24 Vermont 32.1 3.36 9.6
25 Utah 31.9 3.42 9.3
26 Alabama 31.3 2.99 10.5
27 Minnesota 30.6 3.12 9.8
28 Maine 30.0 3.41 8.8
29 South Dakota 30.0 3.15 9.5
30 Iowa 30.0 3.10 9.7
31 Tennessee 27.4 3.02 9.1
32 South Carolina 26.8 3.01 8.9
33 Massachusetts 26.5 3.37 7.9
34 Kentucky 26.0 2.98 8.7
35 Nebraska 25.7 3.11 8.3
36 Arkansas 24.8 2.94 8.4
37 Kansas 24.0 2.98 8.1
38 Wyoming 24.0 3.31 7.2
39 New Hampshire 23.8 3.26 7.3
40 North Dakota 23.0 3.12 7.4
41 Delaware 23.0 3.21 7.2
42 Colorado 22.0 3.30 6.7
43 Louisiana 20.0 3.04 6.6
44 Texas 20.0 2.93 6.8
45 Oklahoma 20.0 2.94 6.8
46 Missouri 19.9 2.97 6.7
47 Arizona 19.0 3.59 5.3
48 New Mexico 18.9 3.23 5.8
49 Mississippi 18.8 2.95 6.4
50 Alaska 15.1 3.76 4.0
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