New York – Driver License Suspensions for Tax Delinquents to Begin

SALT Report 2808 – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative to encourage those who owe back taxes to come forward and settle their debts.  The initiative is part of the Governor’s Executive Budget that was signed into law earlier this year, and authorizes the State to suspend the driver’s licenses of anyone who owes more than $10,000 in unpaid taxes.

The Governor’s press release stated that on August 2 the Tax Department begun mailing out the first round of 16,000 notices. Taxpayers who receive a suspension notice will have 60 days from the mailing date to arrange payment with the Department. If the taxpayer fails to do so, the Department of Motor Vehicles will send a second letter providing an additional 15 days to respond.  If the delinquent taxpayer again fails to make payment arrangements, the license will be suspended until the debt is paid or a payment plan is established.

The Governor warned that if a taxpayer drives while the license suspension is in effect, they would be subject to arrest and additional penalties. However, those with a suspended license can apply for a restricted license that will allow them to drive to and from work.

To settle a tax debt or to make payment arrangements, taxpayers should call (518) 862-6000.

For Further Information

Office of New York Governor Cuomo – Press Release