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Tax Hike On Diesel Starts Today – Connecticut

The excise tax on diesel gasoline is going up 6.4 cents today, but one truckers’ group is welcoming the new tax structure, despite the hike in cost.

The July 1 hike brings the diesel fuel excise tax from 37 cents a gallon to 43.4 cents a gallon, according to Eugene Guilford Jr., executive director of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association.

Last year, partly at the request of the Hartford-based Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, which has about 1,000 members, lawmakers took the gross receipts tax off diesel fuel, leaving just the excise tax.

However, as part of that change, the state Department of Revenue Services is required to look back a year and see what the tax would have been if the gross receipts tax had been in effect and then increase the excise tax by that amount, said Guilford.

That lookback resulted in the 6.4-cent increase, he said.  More from TheDay.com

The excise tax is up to 43.3 cents.  Through IFTA, truckers pay a fuel tax to each state based upon miles driven, whether they buy fuel in a particular state or not.  Connecticut decided to raise the excise tax on truckers passing through because it wasn’t “fair” for those buying diesel fuel in Connecticut to pay tax on fuel and the excise tax while truckers not buying fuel in Connecticut only paid the excise tax.

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July 1, 2008 - Posted by | trucking | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. well i look at it this way slow down and buy your fuel in other states. they might think twice before rasing the tax again, but here i go assuming that politicans can think

    Comment by mark sloan | July 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. >> Connecticut decided to raise the excise tax on truckers passing through because it wasn’t “fair” for those buying diesel fuel in Connecticut to pay tax on fuel and the excise tax while truckers not buying fuel in Connecticut only paid the excise tax.

    And how f•••ing fair is that for private citizens driving diesel PASSENGER CARS?

    Comment by sol | July 22, 2008 | Reply


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