CONSUMER ALERT: Attorney General James Reminds New Yorkers of Mandatory Gas Tax Suspension to Save Money at the Pump

AG James Advises Gas Stations That They Must Comply with Tax Suspension,
Encourages Consumers to File Complaints with OAG if They are Wrongly Charged

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today reminded New Yorkers of efforts taken to save money at the pump as Americans across the country are facing record high fuel prices, and advised gas stations of their obligation to suspend taxes on fuel through the end of the year. The Gas Tax Holiday Act of 2022 requires gas stations to suspend excise tax, prepaid sales tax, and state sales and use taxes on motor fuel and highway diesel motor to address the rising cost of fuel. In letters to gas station associations, Attorney General James informed gas stations of their legal obligation to comply with the statewide requirements and any local tax rate change. Attorney General James encourages any New Yorker who believes they are wrongly charged this tax to report it to her office.

“As gas prices surge nationwide, we are doing all we can to provide some financial relief for New Yorkers,” said Attorney General James. “New York’s gas stations are required to suspend state and local taxes through the end of the year to help working families because every penny off will help offset the rising costs of gas. I encourage consumers who suspect that their gas station is not following the rules to contact my office.”

The Gas Tax Holiday Act went into effect on June 1, 2022 and expires on December 31, 2022. Attorney General James encourages consumers to file complaints online with her office if they believe their gas stations are not complying.