Attorney General William Tong said any gas station suspected of charging the 25-cent excise tax, or a portion of that tax, during the gas tax holiday will be subject to investigation.
“Starting today, April 1, the 25-cent state tax on gasoline is suspended. Any retailer suspected of charging this tax or a portion of this tax will be investigated and subject to penalties under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act,” Tong said in a statement.
“It’s important to remember that prices at the pump will continue to fluctuate along with changes in wholesale prices. Not every increase, or decrease, in gasoline prices is related to the $.25 tax or constitutes price gouging," Tong added.
"Every complaint will be investigated and all facts will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. You can help our investigations by sharing as much detail as possible in your complaints, including receipts if possible. Please include in your complaints the address of the gas station, the date and time of your purchase, and the exact price you paid,” Tong added.
The average tank of gas is 10 to 15 gallons, so John Rosen, an economics professor at the University of New Haven, said the savings would amount to around $2.50 a week or $10 a month on average.
The law will also temporarily suspend fares on public buses statewide.
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