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This Day in Georgia History

August 10, 1921

First Motor Fuel Tax Enacted

Gov. Thomas Hardwick signed legislation enacting Georgia’s first motor fuel tax of one cent per gallon. The new tax was not an excise tax as such but rather an occupation tax on fuel distributors (defined by the law as anyone who imports or manufacturers motor fuel). However, it was a tax that distributors presumably would pass on to the gas stations, who would pass it on to motorists. The law contained no provision for earmarking the new tax for construction of highways.