Facts and Figures
All tax moneys collected are transferred to the State Treasury. In fact, all revenues remaining, after PLCB operating expenses and payments to other Commonwealth Agencies, are also transferred to the State Treasury.
The PLCB is the largest purchaser of wine and spirits in the United States, and passes significant volume purchase discounts on to customers.
The PLCB operates approximately 605 stores. Stores are leased from private landlords, infusing more than $42 million into the Pennsylvania economy.
100% of the required State and Local Sales Taxes are collected by the PLCB and reported to the Revenue Department.
The state liquor tax of 18%, which is additional to the PLCB price, is included in the shelf price of each item.
Administrative costs are shared between the operations of the marketing, licensing and alcohol education functions, resulting in true economies of scale.
There are more than 16,500 retail and wholesale licensees in the commonwealth, including 15,317 retail licensees including restaurants and taverns, hotels, clubs, etc., and 1,264 wholesale licensees.
The PLCB has an established formal bureau for alcohol education, which provides educational material to youth, legal consumers and beverage alcohol servers.
The Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement is responsible for the enforcement of all liquor laws. The PLCB fully funds this function out of operational revenues.
The PLCB policy of "zero tolerance" for sales to minors and intoxicated individuals has resulted in store employees challenging, or "carding", 1,333,297 suspected minors in Fiscal Year 2013-2014. This policy and effective implementation are considered to be an excellent deterrent to underage drinking in Pennsylvania. There is NO incentive to sell to minors.
The Bureau of Alcohol Education provides a comprehensive program to communities, colleges and universities, schools and law enforcement to help prevent sales to minors, underage drinking and high-risk drinking. In 2013-15, the PLCB awarded $2,140,977 in grants to local agencies working to fight underage or binge drinking.