Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state will begin suspending the drivers’ licenses of people who owe more than $10,000 in back taxes to the state. State Tax Department officials estimate the new program will increase collections by $26 million this fiscal year, and $6 million in future fiscal years. The measure was enacted as part of the state’s 2013-14 state budget.
The state Department of Taxation and Finance is sending suspension notices to 16,000 delinquent taxpayers. Those taxpayers will have 60 days to arrange payment. If they do not pay, the state Department of Motor Vehicles will send a second letter giving them an additional 15 days to respond. At that point, a delinquent taxpayer’s license will be suspended until the debt is paid.