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More than 7,800 drivers' licenses are suspended for back taxes

New York traffic law is taking center stage in the city with the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan, the implementation of several slow zones and more. Even jaywalkers have found themselves receiving tickets more frequently than before. In addition to fines and state surcharges, some traffic violations can even result in a suspended driver’s license for some people.

It is, however, not only vehicular missteps which could lead a person’s license to be suspended in New York. In 2013, a new law was passed which left people owing state taxes vulnerable to losing their driving privileges. Anyone with a state tax balance of at least $10,000 was at risk of this. The first round of notices went out to 16,000 state residents requesting a response within 60 days. Taxpayers could either enter into a payment plan or pay the balance outright.

The state’s plan was something of a three strikes approach. If a first attempt received no reply, a second letter requesting action was sent. If no response was received after the second request, the taxpayer’s driver’s license would be suspended. To date, 7,850 people have lost their license in this manner and another 3,500 could be next. The article indicates that 5,700 people have paid their delinquent taxes or have agreed to a plan.

Having a suspended license is by no means an indication that a driver is reckless or unsafe when behind the wheel. The consequences of driving with a suspended license can be extremely severe. Any driver who has had a license suspended for any reason may wish to work with an attorney to investigate his or her options.

Source: Forbes, “New York Suspends Licenses, Drives Tax Delinquents To Pay Up,” February 17, 2014

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