Tax evaders will lose driver’s licenses under new initiative

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Pay your taxes or lose your driver’s license, a proposed law stipulates. Credit: Metro file photo

Tax evaders will lose their New York State driver’s licenses under a new initiative announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Our message is simple: Tax scofflaws who don’t abide by the same rules as everyone else are not entitled to the same privileges as everyone else,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Under the crackdown — which is meant to encourage New Yorkers to pay their bills — if a taxpayer owes more than $10,000, their license is suspended. Officials estimate the initiative will net $26 million this fiscal year for the state and another $6 million annually in the coming years.

“It’s in every taxpayer’s best interest to pay all tax bills in full,” Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox said in a statement.

The Tax Department will send 16,000 suspension notices to tax delinquents. They have 60 days to arrange payment with the department and another 15 days to arrange payment with the Department of Motor Vehicles before suspension.

Officials said that most New Yorkers make good on their tax payments, with only 4 percent of all taxes being collected by the Tax Department’s audit, collections and criminal investigations programs.

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