The Federal Gas Guzzler Tax

In 1978, the Energy Tax Act created the Gas Guzzler Tax. The tax was designed to impose taxes on car manufacturers who produced and sold cars that failed to meet certain federal guidelines in regards to fuel economy levels. Vehicles not included as a part of the gas guzzler tax are minivans, sports utility vehicles and pickup trucks. They were not included because during the time the legislation was passed, these vehicle types were a small percentage of overall vehicles produced. The amount is displayed as part of the fuel economy sticker on the vehicle.

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