Good Graph Friday: Taxes at the pump

March 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM ET

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Gas prices are on the rise, and for most of us that will mean allocating a bit more of our budgets to filling up the tank — and the tax coffers.

But how much of our gas tab goes to the tax man varies widely by state.

The American Petroleum Institute, an industry trade group, calculated how much Americans were paying (.pdf file) per gallon in local, state and federal taxes as of January 2011, and the difference by state is substantial.

As of January, Californians were paying an average of 66.1 cents per gallon in taxes, while Coloradoans were paying 40.4 cents.

Of course, overall gas prices also vary widely by state.  The AAA's daily fuel gauge report shows that regular costs about $3.99 a gallon in California, while drivers in Colorado are paying just around $3.40.

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