U.S. representatives introduce alternative fuel tax
On Thursday, US Reps. Todd Young, John Larson, Mac Thornberry, and Ron Kind introduced H.R. 1665, the Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Act.
The legislation would ensure that excise taxes on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and propane for highway use are levied at a rate consistent with their energy output relative to diesel and gasoline, they said in a joint statement.
“As we see more and more alternative fuel service stations popping up around my district and the country, it’s important that we ensure inequitable tax rates don’t discourage consumers from adopting alternative fuel vehicles,” said Young. “This bill is an easy way to ensure a level playing field for this burgeoning sector of our economy.”
“Leveling the playing field for LNG trucks will enable American businesses to take advantage of clean, affordable, and domestic natural gas and propane,” said Larson. “This bipartisan measure would ensure our federal tax policy encourages investment in this American fuel source.”
“This bill provides a fair, market-centered solution to fix the tax disparity between diesel and LNG,” said Thornberry. “I think this change will encourage more private sector investment in LNG infrastructure and production, and that will have a real, positive effect on our economy.”
“Alternative fuel sources are an important part of the comprehensive energy policy our country needs to end our dependence on foreign oil,” said Kind. “The tax code shouldn’t pick winners and losers – this legislation would ensure that cleaner burning fuels like propane and natural gas are treated the same as other energy options.”
Highway use LNG produces 58% of the energy output of diesel, but is taxed at the same 24.3 cents per gallon rate. Similarly, propane produces 72% of the energy output of gasoline, but is taxed at the same 18.3 cents per gallon rate.
The Alternative Fuel Tax Parity Act recognizes these disparities and sets energy equivalent rates for LNG (14.1 cents per gallon) and propane (13.2 cents per gallon), the statement added.