Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that in an effort to "encourage" individuals with past due tax debts to pay the amounts they owe, NYS will now suspend the driver's license when a taxpayer's past due tax liability exceeds $10,000. The new initiative is estimated to increase tax collections by $26 million in this fiscal year and by as much as $6 million annually thereafter.
The first round of 16,000 suspensions notices are being sent to taxpayers with outstanding obligations, and those taxpayers have 60 days from the date of the mailing of the notice to arrange payment of the debt. Failure to make such an arrangement will result in the issuance of a second letter allowing for an additional 15 days to respond. Any taxpayer who does not respond within the combined 75 days notice period will have their license suspended until the debt is paid or a payment plan is established.
Anyone who does have their license suspended can apply for a restricted license allowing them to drive to work and then return directly home.