In Oklahoma, all wine, and "strong beer" (all of these are called
"mixed drinks") which are sold for on-premise consumption ("liquor by
the drink") are subject to a 13 1/2% "gross receipts tax" or
The liquor tax is a "direct tax" which may be collected by being
included as part of the price of the drink, or it can be collected on top of the price of the drink, except ---
When the price of the drink is advertised, the liquor tax must be
included in the advertised price instead of added to it, and
Over the last six years consumers have visited over 2,500 Oklahoma on-premise liquor retailers.
They have found that about 40% (two out of five) of these retailers overcharge their customers one way or
another by violating one or more of these four basic laws. The
overcharge rates range from about 1% to
almost 15% of the price of each drink they sell.
By themselves, these overcharges do not amount to very much. Often they are very small - only a few
cents, but sometimes as much as a couple of bucks. But when they are all added up, a great deal of
money is involved.
It may be very hard to collect the overcharges and match each one up to the individual who was
overcharged. However, in any event it's certainly unfair to let the retailers keep the money they have gotten
by violating these laws. That is why we believe that this money should be turned over to be used for
approved by the Court. This action could impact
your rights to recover
you may have suffered yourself,
so you need to consult your own lawyer.