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, which are leased from private landlords, infusing nearly $41.0 million to 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.
The PLCB outsources warehousing services for three distribution centers in Pennsylvania, which contributes nearly $41.4 million to the Pennsylvania economy.
Administrative costs are shared between the operations of the marketing, licensing and alcohol education functions, resulting in true economies of scale.
There currently are approximately 24,125 beverage alcohol licenses and permits throughout Pennsylvania and 6,363 registered malt and brewed beverage brands granted by the PLCB.
The PLCB has an established formal bureau for alcohol education, which provides educational material to youth, legal consumers and beverage alcohol servers.
The PLCB funds grants to colleges and universities, communities that host these institutions, municipalities, and their organizations such as law enforcement departments and non-profit organizations to develop and/or maintain environmental management prevention strategies and other proven prevention strategies to reduce dangerous and underage drinking.
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", 1,329,147 suspected minors in Fiscal Year 2012-2013. 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.