December 4, 2022

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Gas tax suspension begins across New York

Gas tax suspension begins across New York

Drivers must now pay less at the pump.

The state, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties, suspended some sales tax on gasoline on Wednesday.

In Nassau and Suffolk counties, sales tax on gases over $3 has been suspended through the end of the year.

Long Island residents can expect to save more than 20 cents on every gallon.

The average price for an unleaded gallon on Long Island is $4.96. Sixteen cents will be deducted from the state gas tax and approximately 4.5 cents will be deducted from the county tax.

For example, Exxon on Old Country Road lowered its regular unleaded price from $5.09 a gallon on Tuesday to $4.83 on Wednesday.

“It’s a good thing,” says Mohamed Ahmed, Exxon Pula’s market manager. “Gas is necessary for everyone, for business and business requests, and for any purpose.”

Some Long Islanders say they haven’t yet seen a change in price, something the Nassau County executive acknowledges could take time.

“It’s going to take some time because it’s basically done today,” Bruce Blackman says. “Comes into effect according to state and county law. It will take a few days to get there.”

The Suffolk County Department of Labor has contacted the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association and individual stations to alert them to the county’s gas tax cap.

The Consumer Affairs Division will begin its gas price surveys on Thursday.

Anyone who does not notice a discount at gas stations can report it to New York Attorney General or the Nassau and the Suffolk Departments of Consumer Affairs.

New York Attorney General Letitia James
1-800-771-7755

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Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs
516-571-2600

Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs
631-853-4600