Say hello to a higher gas tax in Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam signed the bill in April that's now in effect

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ROANOKE, Va. – July 1 means Virginia’s new laws go into effect.

One law most people won’t be happy about is the increase in Virginia’s gasoline tax.

Stay with us here because it’s a bit tricky how this increase works.

The key factor is that it’s a two-part increase.

Part One

Prior to July 1, 2020, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles determined the statewide average wholesale price of a gallon of gas so it could then determine the applicable cents per gallon in accordance with applicable tax rates.

Since January 2015, Virginians have been paying a tax of 16.2 cents per gallon on regular gas.

Now, House Bill 1414 jumps that tax to 21.2 cents per gallon.


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