Wednesday, 22 June 2022 11:51

Gas Station Association Prepared to Add ‘Truth’ to Illinois-Mandated Gas Tax Sticker

Written by Greg Bishop, The Center Square


...add “the truth about gas prices lawmakers hope drivers will forget.”


“Politicians have raised gas taxes three times since 2019. They doubled the state’s motor fuel tax in 2019,” Sharp said, from 19 cents a gallon to 38 cents. “Illinois now has the second-highest gas tax in the nation. We could move to No. 1 depending on how high gas prices go because Illinois charges a sales tax on gasoline.”


The state sales tax is assessed on top of the state gas tax. The 6.25 cent sales tax also is assessed on every dollar purchased, not on the gallon. So when gasoline reaches $5 a gallon, for example, motorists pay an additional 31.25 cents on each gallon on top of the gas tax.


In addition to setting the record straight with motorists, the IFRA’s additions to the sign will say the state is “forcing us to tell you about it with this sign, or pay a $500/day fine.”


“We’re letting them know that we’re doing this because the state of Illinois has forced us into this position,” Sharp said. “And I believe there's also a QR code on those signs which I would encourage motorists to use while they’re waiting at the gas pump to see how much they’re paying in Illinois gas taxes on that gallon of fuel.”


When scanned by a smartphone, the QR code will go to the Illinois Policy Institute's gas tax calculator.


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