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New York: Pay Taxes or Park Your Car


 New York: if you don't pay your taxes, you don't get to drive your car.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come up with a plan designed to encourage delinquent taxpayers to pay up: suspend their driver licenses.

Scofflaws, beware

The governor's announcement of the initiative sums it up nicely:

"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. … 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."

Not all delinquent taxpayers will have their licenses suspended. To qualify for that honor, past due taxes must exceed $10,000.

Estimates indicate the new initiative could add $26 million to the state's pockets this fiscal year, and approximately $6 million annually in future years.

Suspension notices will soon be on their way to approximately 16,000 delinquent taxpayers. According to the governor's announcement, the scofflaws will have "60 days from the mailing date to arrange payment with the Department [of Taxation and Finance]." Those who fail to respond will be contacted by the Department of Motor Vehicles and given 15 additional days to come clean. There's no third strike: failure to respond to the second notice will result in a suspended license.

Always look on the bright side...

With approximately 16,000 scofflaws in New York State, just consider the effect this initiative could have on traffic congestion.

How do you keep track of sales tax? Automation can keep you driving.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.