Update: NYS suspending thousands of driver's licenses for those who owe taxes

Created: 03/17/2014 11:16 AM WHEC.com

Nearly 9,000 New Yorkers had their driver’s licenses suspended for failing to pay taxes they owe the state. The suspensions were part of legislation signed into law last year to encourage residents who owe more than $10,000 in back taxes to settle their accounts with the state Department of Taxation.

"We are sending a clear message to tax delinquents that they either have to pay the taxes they owe, or face real consequences," said Governor Cuomo. "For many, this message is getting through and as a result thousands of people have come forward to do the right thing and find a way to pay their taxes. Those who haven't are losing their drivers licenses."

Officials say as a result of this program, tax collections increased nearly $56.4-million on a local and state basis.

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