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Payments, assistance & taxes

Liquor Tax

Due date
of each month, for the prior month's activity
Tax rate

of the sale price of an alcoholic beverage

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in November 2021, please complete online returns and payments for this tax on the Philadelphia Tax Center. We’ve published this guide to help you get ready for the new system. You can also sign up to get Philadelphia Tax Center updates directly in your email inbox.

Who pays the tax

The Liquor Tax applies to sales of liquor, wine, or malt and brewed beverages in Philadelphia. A seller is any business or person with a Pennsylvania-issued license or permit to sell or dispense alcohol. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bars
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Clubs
  • Caterers

This tax does not apply to liquor stores and beer distributors.

Liquor Tax is technically paid by retail customers at the point of sale. However, the seller is responsible for filing and paying the tax on a monthly basis.

Important dates

Liquor Tax must be filed and paid by the 25th day of each month, for the previous month’s activity. Anyone who collects Liquor Tax must also file a completed annual reconciliation form by February 28 for the previous year’s activity.

Tax rates, penalties, & fees

How much is it?

The City’s Liquor Tax rate is 10% of the sale price of an alcoholic beverage.

What happens if you don't pay on time?

If you don’t pay on time, interest and penalties will be added to the amount you owe.

The interest rate for unpaid Liquor Tax is ½ % (.005) per month.

In addition, unpaid Liquor Tax may be subject to penalties and fees.

In addition, your Commercial Activity License or permit could be suspended or revoked.

Discounts & exemptions

Are you eligible for a discount?

No discounts are available for the Liquor Tax.

Can you be excused from paying the tax?

Certain alcohol sales are exempt from the Liquor Tax. These exemptions include:

  • Sales from Pennsylvania Liquor Stores (e.g., Wine & Spirits, Fine Wine & Good Spirits).
  • Sales from malt beverage distributors.
  • Retail sales that are subject to Pennsylvania’s Sales and Use Tax.

Pennsylvania’s Sales and Use tax is imposed on many retail sales. Learn more about taxable goods and services in the Sales, Use and Hotel Occupancy Tax section of the Commonwealth website.

How to pay

Pay online

  1. Visit the Department of Revenue’s eFile/ePay portal.
  2. Click “Make An Electronic Payment.”
  3. Enter your account number and PIN.

Pay by mail

The Department of Revenue issues a Monthly Retail Liquor Sales Tax Coupon Book to simplify tax payments. You will be sent a coupon book after registering for the Liquor Tax. You can also download payment coupons from the City’s eFile/ePay website. (Look for the “Print a Payment Coupon” link.)

Mail your monthly payment and coupon to:

Philadelphia Dept. of Revenue
P.O. Box 1018
Philadelphia, PA 19105-1018

Mail your annual reconciliation to:

Philadelphia Dept. of Revenue
P.O. Box 1670
Philadelphia, PA 19105-1670

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