Scofflaws? Thousands Of Delinquent Taxpayers In New York May Have Their Driver’s Licenses Suspended

August 28, 2013  |  

If you haven’t paid your taxes lately in New York, don’t expect to get behind the wheel of a car anytime soon. Some 16,000 New Yorkers could lose their driver’s licenses because of unpaid taxes.

“The state has officially rolled out a new program that will yank delinquent taxpayers’ driver’s licenses if they are more than $10,000 behind on payments, according to a memorandum issued by the Dept. of Taxes and Finance,” reports Business Insider.

Gov. Cuomo called tax delinquents “scofflaws,” and said the new policy sends a clear message.

“These worst offenders are putting an unfair burden on the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers who are hardworking, law-abiding taxpayers,” he said. “By enacting these additional consequences, we’re providing additional incentives for the state to receive the money it is owed and we’re keeping scofflaws off the very roads they refuse to pay their fair share to maintain.”

Notices sent by the Tax Department have already gone out to 16,000 delinquent taxpayers, who’ll have 60 days to set up a payment plan or the D.M.V. will send another warning, this time giving them 15 days to respond. If they have not taken action by then, their license will be suspended.

Commercially licensed drivers and taxpayers who are makings child or spousal support payments will be exempt. And those who do lose their license will be able to apply for a restricted license, which will allow them to drive only to work.

The Department of Taxes expects the program to generate $6 million in tax revenue each year.

There are three other states who have similar license suspension programs. Many people in New York City don’t own cars, so this is a measure that will clearly impact people who live across the state more heavily than those living in the five boroughs.

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