Georgia Diesel, Gas Tax Suspension Extended Through Nov. 29
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Diesel and gasoline prices in Georgia continue to be free of state excise taxes through Nov. 29 after Gov. Brian Kemp re-extended for the second time a state of emergency executive order because of ongoing high prices and an uncertain economy attributed to Washington, D.C.’s “failed policies.”
“Thanks to our responsible approach to budgeting, we’re able to deliver relief to families fighting through the disastrous effects of Bidenomics,” Kemp declared Nov. 8.
His order, called “Renewal of State of Emergency for Inflation,” continued the first suspension of state motor and locomotive fuel taxes that took effect Sept. 12.
“I’m proud this action has helped keep millions of dollars in hardworking Georgians’ pockets and look forward to continuing to see that impact with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching,” Kemp noted. “I’m also grateful for the partnership of the General Assembly as it prepares to enter a special session where legislators will be called on to ratify this measure.”
As hardworking Georgia families fight through Bidenomics and prepare for Thanksgiving travel, I’ve once again extended the gas tax suspension to provide further relief.
Thank you to our partners in the General Assembly for supporting this measure. pic.twitter.com/HWx7AJDaOl — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) November 8, 2023
The absence of the state taxes, suspended until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 29, also is meant to help Georgia residents “cope with high food and travel costs through the Thanksgiving holiday,” according to the governor’s office.
“I commend Gov. Kemp for continuing to put hardworking Georgians and their families first,” Lt. Gov. Burt Jones said. “Renewing the gas tax suspension will continue to provide financial relief to Georgians, especially during the upcoming holiday season. I’m proud to represent a state where we continue to provide solutions despite the failures and uncertainties of the White House and Congress.”
Renewing the gas tax suspension will continue to provide financial relief to Georgians.
Georgia Lt. Gov. Burt JonesImage
State Speaker of the House Jon Burns said he applauded Kemp for “providing relief from high prices at the pump for Georgia families and businesses” while noting that the General Assembly will continue to work to maintain conservative fiscal policies in the state.
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The state Department of Revenue, the agency responsible for collecting the motor and locomotive fuel taxes, noted that Kemp’s suspension “is being taken due to rampant inflation negatively impacting Georgia’s economy and the social economic well-being of its residents as well as the benchmark oil price currently at a 10-month high, and the average price of gasoline rising more than 30 cents in Georgia over the past year.”
The current state tax rate is 35 cents per gallon on diesel and 31.2 cents a gallon on gasoline. The excise tax is determined yearly by a formula established within Georgia law, based on average miles per gallon of Georgia-registered vehicles and adjusted for annual changes in fuel efficiency and the consumer price index. This tax is collected at the distributor level and passed along to consumers.
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