Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw is encouraging taxpayers to use his online gas tax calculator to calculate how much rising gas prices will increase what the government collects on a gallon of gasoline, according to a recent press release from his office.
With hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacting the supply and demand of oil, some believe that gas prices could rise as much as 30 cents per gallon or higher here and around the country. Mychajliw said the calculator, found on the main page of the comptroller’s website, www.erie.gov/comptroller, could benefit county residents
“Taxpayers can go on my website, type in the price you paid at the pump, and you will see how much is paid in taxes for each gallon of gas. People have a right to know exactly how much money the government collects, especially with gas prices going up,” Mychajliw said in the Friday press release.
Based on AAA’s gas price information, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in New York State was $2.83 on Friday, up from $2.53 the previous week. According to Mychajliw, if taxpayers shell out $2.83 for one gallon of gasoline, 65 cents of that cost will go toward seven separate local, state and federal taxes. Only $2.18 is going toward the product itself.
According to the report that Mychajliw submitted to the Erie County Legislature in January 2015, people are paying duplicative “taxes on taxes” for a gallon of gasoline in Erie County.