There’s a new way to get state tax delinquents to cough up the dough. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is launching a program to suspend their driver’s licenses.
Cuomo is not blowing his own horn but he wants to silence the horns of tax scofflaws. He’s going to suspend the driver’s licenses of any New Yorker who owes more than $10,000 in unpaid taxes, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Monday.
His theory is this: tax dollars are earmarked for road upkeep. If you don’t contribute to the upkeep you shouldn’t be able to drive on them, period.
“Driving in New York State is a privilege and New Yorkers support the maintenance of roads and the safety of transportation in New York State through tax revenue, so for folks who are taking advantage of the infrastructure but are not meeting their fair share, that’s a problem,” said Thomas Mattox, Commissioner of the state Department of Taxation and Finance.
There are 24,000 people in New York who have big unpaid tax bills, but the state is only going after 16,000 because the rest don’t have driver’s licenses, Kramer reported.
Read more at CBS 2.