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High gas prices mean Illinois’ sales tax adds $200 a year




Surging gasoline prices mean Illinois is getting a boost in sales taxes from fuel, but that’s because drivers are paying the extra $200 a year. Most states don’t charge sales tax on gasoline, but Illinois adds it atop other taxes – taxing the taxes.

Illinois is one of seven states that charge a sales tax on gasoline, which means as fuel prices surge, so, too, does the amount drivers pay the state. How much? About $200 per year on average, assuming gas prices as of July 27.

When Illinois gas prices are compared to neighboring states, the sales tax burden becomes clear. All six of Illinois’ neighbors have fuel costs that are roughly 40 to 80 cents cheaper than the average Illinois price.



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