Created: 04/15/2014 11:40 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
New York officials report collecting $3.9 billion in evaded taxes over the past year, an increase of about $200 million or five percent over the prior year.
The Department of Taxation and Finance says about 96 percent of the roughly $87 billion it collects in state and local taxes each year is remitted voluntarily by taxpayers.
Enforcement programs collect the balance, including $1.75 billion last year from audits and criminal investigations.
About $800 million was collected for local governments in the 2013-14 fiscal year that ended March 31.
The department says it also works with taxpayers to resolve debts and establishes payment arrangements.
Under a new program, the state reports suspending more than 8,100 driver licenses, resulting in full payments by some 7,000 taxpayers who each owed more than $10,000.