Fact #954: December 5, 2016 Gasoline Taxes in the United States Were Below 20% of the Total Price in 2015

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Gasoline taxes in the United States were just under 30% of the price of a gallon of gasoline in 1990, and by 2015 taxes accounted for 19% - the lowest of the countries shown. Besides taxes, there are other cost components included in the price of gasoline, such as the cost of crude oil, refining, marketing and distribution. For France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, taxes comprised more than half of the total price for both of the years shown - 1990 and 2015. Japan's gasoline taxes were nearly half of the price in those years. In Canada, taxes were just above one-third of the price of gasoline in 2015, down from 40% in 1990. These are average prices and taxes collected by the International Energy Agency.

Gasoline Prices and Taxes for Selected Countries, 1990 and 2015

Gasoline Prices and Taxes for Canada, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States form  1990 and 2015

Fact #954 Dataset

Supporting Information

Gasoline Prices and Taxes for Selected Countries, 1990 and 2015
 CanadaFranceGermanyJapanUnited KingdomUnited States
 199020151990201519902015199020151990201519902015
 Constant 2015 Dollars per Gallon
Taxes1.351.154.673.603.013.702.702.083.094.430.560.45
Other Cost Components2.042.071.922.081.792.173.032.222.032.001.541.97
Total Price3.393.226.585.684.815.875.734.305.116.432.102.43
Percent Tax40%36%71%63%63%63%47%48%60%69%27%19%

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 35, October 2016, Figure 10.2.

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