New Year, new fees: How you'll be paying more in 2017

New Jersey Gas Tax
Pennsylvania's wholesale gas tax rises 8 cents per gallon for gasoline and 11 cents for diesel fuel starting Jan. 1. New Jersey's 23-cent increase in that state's gas tax went into effect in November, raising it to 37 cents per gallon.

As 2017 begins, many Philadelphians will be paying more for gas, sugary beverages, driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Internet service.

Here's what you need to know about how taxes and fees going into effect in the new year will affect your wallet:

Pennsylvania gas tax: On Jan. 1, the state's wholesale gas tax rose 8 cents per gallon for gasoline and 11 cents for diesel fuel. Those costs are widely expected to be passed on to motorists at the pump. Pennsylvania drivers in 2017 will pay about 78 cents per gallon in taxes, up from the current 70 cents, with the state wholesale tax making up about 58 cents. (New Jersey's 23-cent increase in that state's gas tax went into effect in November, raising it to 37 cents per gallon.)

Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls: Tolls for the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase by 6 percent starting Jan. 8. The Turnpike Commission says the most common toll for a passenger vehicle will rise from $1.16 to $1.23 for E-ZPass users and from $1.80 to $1.95 for cash customers. (The toll from Valley Forge to the Ohio Border will go from $30.72 to $32.57 for E-ZPass, and from $43.15 to $45.75, cash.)

Soda tax: Philadelphia's tax on sweetened beverages went into effect Jan. 1. The levy adds 1.5 cents per ounce to most sugary drinks, including diet beverages. It will be applied at the distributor level, but at least some of the increase is likely to be passed on to consumers. A Common Pleas judge in December dismissed a lawsuit that was filed in September challenging the tax.

Comcast bills: Comcast Corp. has said it will increase television and Internet bills 3.8 percent, effective Jan. 1.

In the tax-cut department: While New Jersey motorists are already grappling with the big gas-tax increase, several tax cuts are on tap in the state in 2017. The state sales tax will drop slightly, from 7 percent to 6.875 percent. The estate tax exemption (what you can leave to heirs without a tax) rises from $675,000 to $2 million. And the amount of retirement income excluded from the state income tax rises (amounts vary by filing status).

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