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 14.40 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 about $70 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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Colorado

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State Fuel Tax: $0.2200 gasoline, $0.2050 diesel

Average Sales Tax: 7.65%

Tobacco Taxes:

Cigarettes: $0.84 per pack. A variety of localities add taxes of up to $4 per pack.

Other tobacco products: 40% of the manufacturer's price

Vapor products: While there is no statewide tax, a number of localities have taxes of 40% of the wholesale price.

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

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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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Louisiana

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State Fuel Tax: $0.2001 gasoline, $0.2001 diesel

Average Sales Tax: 9.52%

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

Vapor products: $0.05 per milliliter

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: 8.40%

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: $2.00 per pack

Other tobacco products: 25% of purchase price

Vapor products: 12.5% wholesale price for open systems; $0.15 per cartridge for closed systems

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: 8.18%

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: $0.1435 gasoline, $0.1448 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

Vapor products: No statewide tax but several localities impose one

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

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