In a statement issued on August 5 by the office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the governor stated that tax scofflaws who don’t abide by the rules should not have the same privileges as those who do. The new initiative is expected to increase collections by $26 million this fiscal year and $6 million each year thereafter.
Thomas H. Mattox, Commissioner of Taxation and Finance, said that it is in the taxpayers’ best interests to fully pay their tax liabilities. He also guaranteed that their staff is available to arrange a payment plan that will satisfy taxpayers’ tax debt in order to help those who can’t pay in full. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has sent the first round of suspension notices to 16,000 New Yorkers who failed to pay their taxes.
Attorney Winspear also reminds the recipients of suspension notices to arrange payment within 60 days after receiving a notice, or the Department of Motor Vehicles will send a second letter to taxpayers who failed to do so. “Failure of taxpayers to arrange payment after receiving the second letter could mean suspension of their driver’s license until their payment plan is established or the tax debt is paid,” he states.
Governor Cuomo’s office noted that the delinquent taxpayers who continue to drive while the suspension is in effect will be arrested and will face penalties. However, New Yorkers with a suspended license may apply for a restricted license that will allow them to drive to work and return home.
The Winspear Law Group, PLLC offers a free initial consultation to all New York taxpayers with over $10,000 of past-due tax liabilities in order to help them avoid facing driver’s license suspension.