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Drivers' licenses suspended for tax preparers

Many elements of New York’s traffic laws have been highly publicized this year. Much of this is due to the launch of New York City’s Vision Zero program, spearheaded by the city’s mayor. The goal of the program is to completely eliminate all pedestrian deaths by the year 2020. Increased crackdowns have subsequently been realized against speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians. This, however, does not mean that other traffic violations, such as driving with a suspended license, are not receiving high levels of attention by authorities.

Many stereotypes abound about the people that may have had their drivers’ licenses suspended. Given that the state’s laws mandate the suspension of licenses for those persons who have not filed or paid their taxes, these stereotypes may often be wrong. Many white-collar people fall into this category. On top of the state’s efforts to collect back taxes, governing rules for the tax preparation industry require that all people involved in the preparation of taxes must file their returns or risk several penalties of which driver’s license suspension is one.

As many as 40 tax professionals statewide have recently fallen into this category and at least 20 of those people are from New York City. It has been found that these people have failed to submit tax returns from 2011, 2012 or both years. It is unclear as to how quickly licenses may be reinstated once returns are filed.

Clearly residents of New York can find themselves without valid drivers’ licenses for many reasons. People in such situations may find it helpful to talk with an attorney to learn how they may get help.

Source: WHEC.com, “Forty New York tax preparers never filed personal returns,” July 30, 2014

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