Cost of Regular Gasoline (August 2014) 
State 
Real Cost of Gasoline 
State Excise Tax 
Sales Tax or Other Tax 
Federal Excise Tax 
California 
$3.88/gallon 
36 cents/gallon 
13.8 cents/gallon (environmental fee) 
18.4 cents/gallon 
Florida 
$3.28/gallon 
4 cents/gallon 
32.0 cents/gallon 
18.4 cents/gallon 
Ohio 
$3.42/gallon 
28 cents/gallon 
0 cents/gallon (sales tax) 
18.4 cents/gallon 
Texas 
$3.26/gallon 
20 cents/gallon 
0 cents/gallon (sales tax) 
18.4 cents/gallon 
The price you pay for a gallon of gas includes state and federal taxes, sales tax, as well as environmental fees and other fees. In this activity, you will calculate how much money you need to spend on gas for one job in each of these four states: California, Florida, Ohio, and Texas.
Imagine that you run a lawnmowing service. You need at least five gallons of gas for each job you do. In this activity, you will calculate how much money you need to spend on gas for one job in each of these four states: California, Florida, Ohio, and Texas.
The table above shows the cost of gasoline in each of the four states plus any taxes and fees. Because the cost of gasoline changes daily, assume that the price listed is the "real" cost of gasoline.
Calculate how much money you would need for five gallons of gas in each state. Use the dropdown menus to match each dollar amount to the correct state. To assess your answers, click the Check My Answers button at the bottom of the page.







