Federal Gasoline Taxes

Nobody wants to see their gasoline taxes go up, but the federal excise tax on gasoline has remained at 18.4 cents a gallon since 1993. Could it play a role in helping to get tax reform approved and should it be adjusted at least for inflation? Lucian Pugliaresi, Larry Goldstein, and Will Pack take us through a short analysis on the gasoline tax, its upside as a revenue raiser and potential instrument for regulatory reform in the transportation fuels sector and its downside as a regressive tax. The paper can be found here.


Carbon Taxes on Transportation Fuels
If excise and road  taxes were converted to carbon taxes how much would drivers be paying? Will Pack and Steven Lee have a short note estimating the implicit carbon tax already in place for transportation fuels.  Any program to impose carbon taxes will have to consider that some fuels are already paying taxes.  A copy of the EPRINC note can be found here.


Challenges in Paying for Tax Reform
Larry Goldstein takes a look at the challenges in paying for tax reform. If the border adjustment tax is dead, where do we go from here?  The carbon tax is unlikely to get much attention, so what about gasoline taxes?   Larry’s commentary on this important topic can be found here.

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