Delinquent taxpayers face losing driver's license

Delinquent taxpayers face losing driver's license

ALBANY — Add not paying your taxes to the list of things that could cost you your driver’s license in New York State.On Monday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an initiative that would cost delinquent taxpayers their driving privileges. Those who owe more than $10,000 in back taxes face losing their license until the matter is resolved.New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Executive Deputy Commissioner, Nonie Manion, says the threat of the loss of driving privileges is just another tool for us to collect taxes. Payment options and seizing properties are also tactics the department uses to collect back taxes, Manion said.Every year 95% of New Yorkers voluntarily pay their taxes while the state goes after the other 4%. In all $3 billion a year is brought in by state collectors, Manion estimated. The revocation of driver’s licenses is expected to add another $26 million in 2013 and another $6 million per year after to the state’s collection totals. It is a strong enough threat for those it will impact, Manion said. We feel this is a good tool because people really covet their driver’s license.

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