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10 States With the Highest Gas Taxes

Sandra Block, Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

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Fortunately for drivers, the federal government's gas tax hasn't budged from 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. However, every state and the District of Columbia add their own taxes, too, ranging from 14.4 cents a gallon in Alaska to 77.1 cents a gallon in Pennsylvania.

Whether you're simply saving a few bucks while road-tripping or saving big bucks on regular fill-ups all year long, crossing state lines for gas can pay off. For someone who drives 12,000 miles a year in a car that averages 25 miles per gallon, for example, paying an extra 23.4 cents per gallon of gas -- the difference in state taxes between Pennsylvania and Maryland (53.7 cents per gallon) -- would cost $112.32 a year.

A reminder, though: U.S. gas taxes are among the world's lowest. In Canada, the federal tax is roughly double what it is in the U.S., and provincial taxes can be steep as well; Ontario's is 55.7 cents per gallon.

Here are the 10 states with the highest gas taxes, including a look at how the states do on other big tax metrics, such as sales tax.

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Connecticut

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State Fuel Tax: $0.37 gasoline, $0.44 diesel.

State Sales Tax: 6.35%

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $4.35 per pack

Snuff: $3 per ounce

Cigars: 50% of the wholesale price ($0.50 per-piece cap)

Chewing and smoking tobacco: 50% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Connecticut.

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Michigan

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State Fuel Tax: $0.38 gasoline, $0.44 diesel.

State Sales Tax: 6%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $2.00 per pack

Other tobacco products: 32% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Michigan.

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New Jersey

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State Fuel Tax: $0.41 gasoline, $0.49 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 6.97%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $2.70 per pack

Moist snuff: $0.75 per ounce

Other tobacco products: 30% of the wholesale price

Vapor products: $0.10 per milliliter of e-liquid

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in New Jersey.

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Florida

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State Fuel Tax: $0.42 gasoline, $0.35 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 7.05%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $2.70 per pack

Cigars: No tax

Other tobacco products: 85% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Florida.

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Indiana

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State Fuel Tax: $0.43 gasoline, $0.49 diesel.

State Sales Tax: 7.00%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $1.00 per pack

Moist snuff: $0.40 per ounce

Other tobacco products: 24% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Indiana.

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New York

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State Fuel Tax: $0.44 gasoline, $0.45 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 8.49%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $4.35 per pack (in New York City, an extra $1.50 per pack is due)

Moist snuff: $2 per container one ounce or less, $2 per ounce for larger containers

Cigars: 75% of the wholesale price; however, a complex discount program makes the effective rate about 30%.

Other tobacco products: 75% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in New York.

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Hawaii

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State Fuel Tax: $0.46 gasoline, $0.49 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 4.41%.*

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $3.20 per pack

Cigars: 50% of the wholesale price

Other tobacco products: 70% of the wholesale price

*Hawaii's sales tax is computed on virtually every transaction in the state, and so has a much greater pocketbook effect than the percentage would suggest.

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Hawaii.

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Washington

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State Fuel Tax: $0.49 gasoline, $0.49 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 8.56%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $3.03 per pack

Moist snuff: $2.53 per 1.2-ounce container

Cigars: 95% of sale price, with a cap of $0.75 per cigar

Other tobacco products: 95% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Washington.

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California

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State Fuel Tax: $0.54 gasoline, $0.85 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 9.17%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $2.87 per pack. Localities are not allowed to add to this, but San Francisco tacks on a $0.75 "Cigarette Litter Abatement Fee."

Other tobacco products and vapor products: 63% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in California.

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Pennsylvania

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State Fuel Tax: $0.59 gasoline, $0.75 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 6.34%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes and little cigars: $2.60 per pack. The City of Philadelphia levies an additional $2.00 local tax per pack

Cigars: No tax

Other tobacco products: 55 cents per ounce

Vapor products: 40% of the wholesale price

For details on other state taxes see the complete guide to taxes in Pennsylvania.

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