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16,000 New Yorkers Could Lose Their License For Falling Behind On Taxes

•, Mandi Woodruff
 The state has officially rolled out a new program that will yank delinquent taxpayers' driver's licenses if they are more than $10,000 behind on payments, according to a memorandum issued by the Dept. of Taxes and Finance.

Just three other states back license suspension programs like this one, which is expected to reel in an additional $26 million worth of tax revenue for New York in its first year.

Calling tax delinquents “scofflaws,” Gov. Cuomo said the new policy sends a clear message.

“These worst offenders are putting an unfair burden on the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers who are hardworking, law-abiding taxpayers," he said. "By enacting these additional consequences, we’re providing additional incentives for the state to receive the money it is owed and we’re keeping scofflaws off the very roads they refuse to pay their fair share to maintain.”

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