10 States With the Lowest Gas Taxes

Rivan V. Stinson, Associate Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

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For those of us who usually drive, seeing the price of gas on any given day can either make us want to take the long way home or wish we had access to public transportation. The state you live in (or, buy gas in) can affect how much you feel that cruising feeling, thanks to fuel taxes.

For instance, Virginia residents pay just $0.2195 a gallon. That's 14.75 cents less than their Maryland neighbors. For someone who drives 12,000 miles a year in a car that averages 25 miles per gallon, for example, that's a savings of $70.80 a year.

Here are the 10 states with the lowest gas taxes, along with a look at how these states fare on other big tax metrics, such as sales tax.

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Virginia

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State Fuel Tax: $0.2195 gasoline, $0.2602 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 5.65%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $0.30 per pack. Additionally, some counties in Virginia add taxes of $0.50 - $0.85.

Cigars: 10% of the manufacturer's price

Snuff: $0.18 per ounce

Other tobacco products: 10% of the manufacturer's price

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

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Arkansas

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State Fuel Tax: $0.2180 gasoline, $0.2280 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 9.47%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $1.15 per pack

Cigars: Premium cigars (selling for more than $0.76 per cigar) are taxed $0.50 each plus 2% of the wholesale price.

Other tobacco products: 68% of the manufacturer's price

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

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Louisiana

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State Fuel Tax: $0.2001 gasoline, $0.2001 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 9.45%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $1.08 per pack

Cigars: 8% to 20% of manufacturer's price

Snuff: 20% of the manufacturer's price

Other tobacco products: 20% of the manufacturer's price for smokeless tobacco, 33% of manufacturer's price for smoking tobacco

E-cigarettes: $0.05 per milliliter of liquid

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

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Texas

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State Fuel Tax: $0.2000 gasoline, $0.2000 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 8.19%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $1.41 per pack

Cigars: $0.01 to $0.15 per cigar, depending on weight

Snuff and chewing tobacco: $1.22 per ounce

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

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Oklahoma

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State Fuel Tax: $0.2000 gasoline, $0.2000 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 8.94%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $2.03 per pack

Cigars: $0.04-$1.20 for 10 little cigars, $0.12 large cigars

Smoking tobacco: 80% of manufacturer's price

Chewing tobacco: 60% of manufacturer's price

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

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Arizona

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State Fuel Tax: $0.1900 gasoline, $0.2700 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 8.39%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $2.00 per pack

Cigars: $0.22-$2.20 per to cigars

Smoking and chewing tobacco: $0.23 per ounce

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

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New Mexico

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State Fuel Tax: $0.1888 gasoline, $0.2288 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 7.82%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $1.66 per pack (unless bought in a carton with 25 packs; then it's $2.08 per pack)

Other tobacco products: 25% of purchase price

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

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Mississippi

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State Fuel Tax: $0.1879 gasoline, $0.1840 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 7.07%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $0.68 per pack

Other tobacco products: 15% of the wholesale price

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

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Missouri

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State Fuel Tax: $0.1742 gasoline, $0.1742 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 8.14%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $0.17 per pack

Other tobacco products: 10% of wholesale price

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

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Alaska

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State Fuel Tax: $0.1466 gasoline, $0.1440 diesel.

Average Sales Tax: 1.76%.

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $2 per pack by the state. Many localities add steep taxes; Juneau's is $3 per pack.

Other tobacco products: 75% of the wholesale price

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

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