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Sid_Vicious
04-29-2006, 02:57 PM
I expect that many of the countries in Europe funds many of their socialistic programs with gasoline taxes, i.e. socialized health care, etc. Is this possibly much of the reason we've been tracking those countries in part with our cheaper gasoline? If so, then to compare equally, we'd need to back out some of that tax and get closer to a pure gasoline cost before taxes.

You overseas posters know anything about the taxes on gasoline there? Give us some per/gallon figures please...sid

mickey2
04-30-2006, 09:45 AM
>Give us some per/gallon figures please
Why can't we talk in liters, start to use the metric system ;-)

In Austria you have to pay 5.7 US$ per gallon, if I converted liters to gallons correctly. This is probably not the most expansive place to buy gas within europe.

"expect that many of the countries in Europe funds many of their socialistic programs with gasoline taxes"

Since the prices for gasoline are higher people buy less, drive smaller and more energy efficient cars, safe more energy and use more public transport.

There is no homogenous tax or social system within the EU, and there quit some countries within Europe which are not member of the EU, which makes it quit hard to compare.

I don't have numbers at hand for other countries, but in Austria the taxes with the biggest revenue are sales tax (which is normaly 20% !) and tax on regular income. (sales tax + income tax = 10 * extra tax on gasoline).

What's the purpose to compare prices without taxes?

wolfdancer
04-30-2006, 09:53 AM
Sid, i just know we pay less then most countries. Jim Cramer
had an interesting question....is milk over-priced, or gas under-priced?
And $3 a gallon ain't so bad....compared to this:
web page (http://www.autoblog.com/2006/04/25/bp-launches-16-a-gallon-fuel/)