Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Extends Gas Tax Holiday

I-75 in Georgia
Traffic on I-75 in Atlanta. (Mike Stewart/Associated Press)

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed two executive orders Nov. 4 to extend the supply chain emergency status and temporarily suspend state diesel and gas taxes through Dec. 11.

“As another holiday season and a looming diesel shortage approaches, Georgians are still facing record high inflation, growing costs at the grocery store” before the holidays as they get ready to travel to see family, Kemp said.

The supply chain order contains several provisions. One prohibits price gouging for diesel and gas. Another enables permits to be issued for commercial vehicles providing relief to transport goods on state highways (not interstates) with loads beyond normal allowances for height, weight and length.

The supply chain order was first issued April 14. It suspends state collection of taxes on diesel, gas, locomotive fuel and other fuels. Motor fuels eligible for the tax suspension include all fuels but are not limited to clear diesel, gasoline, aviation gasoline, liquid propane gas, gasohol, ethanol, liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas. Ineligible motor fuels are those sold for off-highway (jet fuel and dyed diesel) since they are not generally subject to the state’s excise tax.

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan noted that extending both executive orders into December will provide relief during the holiday season “so that hardworking Georgians can enjoy both their families and holidays with a little more of their hard-earned dollars available for other expenses during this busy time of year.”

The governor’s office estimated that Georgians have saved $950 million at the pump since the state first suspended state taxes on diesel, gas and other motor fuels in March. It also linked the tax holiday to helping Georgia have among the lowest fuel prices this year across the country despite national spikes in fuel costs.

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