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Federal and California Fuel Excise Taxes On Gasoline Since 1990
(Current as of July 2010)
graphic showing dates of increase of federal and state excise taxes on gasoline. Total 53.7 cents per gallon



History of California Sales and Use Tax Rates
(Excludes district or local city taxes.
Note: District or local city taxes can increase the total
sales tax to a higher level. State sales tax on gasoline in
California is about 2.25%.)
According to Horacio Paras, media office with Board of Equalization, state and local sales taxes on gasoline were first implemented in 1972 at 5%. Before that, sales and use taxes on gasoline were not collected.
EFFECTIVE
DATE
END
DATE
STATE
RATE
LOCAL
RATE
COMBINED
RATE
7-01-726-30-733.75%1.25%5.00%
7-01-739-30-734.75%1.25%6.00%
10-01-733-31-743.75%1.25%5.00%
4-01-7411-30-894.75%1.25%6.00%
12-01-8912-31-905.00%1.25%6.25%
1-01-917-14-914.75%1.25%6.00%
7-15-916-30-106.00%1.25%7.25%
7-01-10 2.25%varies2.25%

The Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law was enacted in 1955. The law authorizes counties to impose a sales and use tax. Effective January 1, 1962, all counties have adopted ordinances for the Board of Equalization to collect the local tax (Tehama County did not conform from 1-1-65 to 9-30-65).

For a history of Federal Gasoline Taxes, please see:
The Federal Excise Tax on Gasoline and the Highway Trust Fund: A Short History (PDF file, 16 pages, 210 KB)

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