Cuomo Reveals Results Of Driver's License Tax Violator Initiative

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8,900 drivers had their license suspended for failing to pay their state taxes due to new legislation passed last year.
8,900 drivers had their license suspended for failing to pay their state taxes due to new legislation passed last year. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 8,900 New Yorkers had their driver's licenses suspended for failing to pay taxes they owe the State.

The suspensions are due to legislation signed into law last year aimed at encouraging individuals who owe more than $10,000 in back taxes to settle their bills with the Tax Department.

"We are sending a clear message to tax delinquents that they either have to pay the taxes they owe, or face real consequences," Cuomo said in a statement. "For many, this message is getting through and as a result thousands of people have come forward to do the right thing and find a way to pay their taxes. Those who haven't are losing their drivers licenses."

More than 17,700 drivers were contacted beginning in August, 2013.  Along with the 8,900 suspensions, 6,500 tax debtors have either paid in full or are making payments on their debt, while 2,300 were determined to be ineligible for suspension.

As a result of the program, tax collections increased nearly $56.4 million on a state and local basis – a 34-percent increase over the initial estimate of $42 million.

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Keep voting democratic New Yorkers !

How many more rights will Cuomo take away from us?
They already over tax
everyone and now they want
to take away our drivers
licese if we cant afford to pay our taxes? What next?

This is a terrible police state law. If poor parents lose their licence, and even 10k is not a lot of money, how can they take care of getting necessities done like taking their children to school, go to the doctors, or buy food, etc. But illegals, and here is the kicker, no problema, they don't pay taxes. The jokes on us.

This means that there will be 8900 more people driving without licenses. How many times is a motorist asked for his license when he isn't in an accident or not pulled over for a violation?

yep, save going after huge corporations who don't pay their fair share, or worse yet, recieve billions of tax dollars in subsidies, go after people struggling to get by and take away their only means of transportation. This is a joke Cuomo

Dont' forget the illegal aliens. They need to go to college too.

Exactly. And where are all those new tax dollars going? To all their corporate/political buddies, I bet.

I am guessing a lot of newly not so rich caught in the crunch.