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Gas tax holiday: Gas stations are breaking the law if they don’t pass savings along to customers

Gas prices have more than doubled in less than two years: Now, if gas stations don’t pass along savings provided by New York they are breaking the law

On June 1, 2022 the state’s Gas Tax Holiday began. It meant that significant savings would be in store for motorists hitting the road this summer.

The seven month tax break means that gas stations should, in theory, be lowering prices by upwards of 25 cents.

However, an investigative report by News10NBC found there are outliers.


The gas tax holiday savings were rolled out slowly. According to those in the business of selling gas, station owners pay for gas up-front, which means savings can only be passed along when it’s less expensive for them.

The taxes on gas are paid similarly, they note.

By the end of the week, most gas stations across the region had dropped prices. But not all of them did. In fact, News10NBC found a couple that only had modest reductions in price per gallon, and one that failed to lower prices at all.

They reached out for comment on why the gas station owners did not lower prices. No answer was provided.


Here’s the thing, though: Failure to pass along savings as part of the gas tax holiday is illegal under the rules rolled out by New York State.

They encourage anyone who feels like they have found a gas station who isn’t complying with the law to call (518) 457-0578.

Check out fuel prices near you by clicking here.



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