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New Year, New Permit, New Tax
We will soon be adding an additional tax just for driving in a certain state. This is another mileage tax, but unlike other states that currently have a per mile tax in place for commercial vehicles, this new tax for Connecticut will not only be mileage based, but the rate will be based on the GVW of said vehicle. Rates vary widely from $0.025 per mile for vehicles weighing 26,000 - 28,000 pounds all the way up to $0.175 per mile for vehicles weighing 80,001 pounds and higher. The rate for 78.001 - 80,000 pounds is $0.10 per mile.
This new Connecticut Highway Use Fee (Mileage Tax) goes into effect January 1, 2023.
The following info is directly from Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Website :
The Highway Use Fee is calculated based on an eligible motor vehicle’s weight and the number of miles driven in Connecticut. The per‑mile fee rate increases based on the carrier’s gross weight, ranging from (1) 2.5 cents per mile for vehicles weighing 26,000-28,000 pounds (lbs.) to (2) 17.5 cents per mile for vehicles weighing more than 80,000 lbs.
Highway Use Fee Rates (per mile)
Gross Weight in Pounds Rate in Dollars Gross Weight in Pounds Rate in Dollars
26,000-28,000 0.025 54,001-56,000 0.0654
28,001-30,000 0.0279 56,001-58,000 0.0683
30,001-32,000 0.0308 58,001-60,000 0.0712
32,001-34,000 0.0337 60,001-62,000 0.074
34,001-36,000 0.0365 62,001-64,000 0.0769
36,001-38,000 0.0394 64,001-66,000 0.0798
38,001-40,000 0.0423 66,001-68,000 0.0827
40,001-42,000 0.0452 68,001-70,000 0.0856
42,001-44,000 0.0481 70,001-72,000 0.0885
44,001-46,000 0.051 72,001-74,000 0.0913
46,001-48,000 0.0538 74,001-76,000 0.0942
48,001-50,000 0.0567 76,001-78,000 0.0971
50,001-52,000 0.0596 78,001-80,000 0.10
52,001-54,000 0.0625 80,001 and over 0.175
According to the website, you will also need to carry a paper copy of this new permit with you in the truck as well. Since this is a new tax that also requires a new permit, there may be some leniency for the first few weeks or months, but you should be prepared to be inspected as they may be looking more closely at your permits and also campaign to raise awareness of this new tax and permit in Connecticut.
As we transition into the new year, keep this additional mileage tax in mind when you book your loads to or through Connecticut. Pennies add up to be dollars. Every additional dollar spent to haul a load is a dollar taken from your bottom line. At just over 100 miles from New York to Rhode Island on I-95, an 80,000 pound vehicle will incur an additional cost of $10 - $11 with this new mileage tax, and remember it is all miles driven in the state, so it can really add up quickly.
Plan accordingly to help ensure you indeed do have a more prosperous new year.
See you down the road,