Skipped the tax bill? No driver's license
New York wants people who owe the state money off the road. That's actually lenient compared to what scofflaws face in other states.
New York has enough problems fixing potholes in its highly populated state without its citizens stiffing it when the check for those repairs comes in. To make sure it gets every dollar it can, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is implementing a driver's license suspension program aimed at those with more than $10,000 in back taxes and no more opportunities to appeal.
That means about 16,000 New Yorkers would be subject to a penalty that's already in place in Massachusetts, California and Louisiana. New York's punishment is fairly lenient compared to that of its bayou buddies, who only require $1,000 in back taxes to take a Louisiana resident's license away.
Even actual libertarians think it's a pretty good idea. Self-described libertarian David Brunori, deputy publisher of Tax Analysts, tells CNNMoney it's a fairly ingenuous punishment if all avenues of appeal have been exhausted.
"Holding your feet to the fire is not necessarily crazy," he says. "Getting a license is a privilege. It's not messing around with a constitutional right."
It also allows tax scofflaws to make life a bit easier on themselves. New York will let them work out a payment plan if they can't pay everything in full. Those whose licenses are suspended may apply for a restricted license that would let them drive to and from work only.
It saves the state the bother of garnishing wages, imposing tax liens and seizing bank accounts, moves that are more difficult to enforce and are a legal minefield for the states involved. Tax dodgers, meanwhile, are spared the public shame of California's list of the Top 500 tax delinquents, whose names the state publishes twice a year.
Though the cutoff for that list is a whopping $100,000 in back taxes, it gives California the right to pull your driver's and professional licenses and prohibits state agencies from conducting business with you until the debts are paid. By that measure, missing a New York commute for a little while doesn't seem so bad.
Leave it to New York, right? If they are wanting every dollar than they will be missing out on Driver license fees and car tag fees if people lose their license. And how are they suppose to get to work so they earn money to pay those taxes?
Stupid is as stupid does and New York takes the cake for that lately.
Hello, Big Brother...
Wonder how many politicians are going to be penalized in the Commmunist States of America...?
The days of the horse for transportation are gone.
We should have a "right" to personal transportation.
Let's face it, without a car you can't get work. Its as simple as that. Very few cities even have usable bus systems, and really the only one you can set your watch to is NYC.
The constitution does guarantee the unencumbered travel of citizens. Had they had the faintest idea that something like a car would replace a horse or a train they would have written a clause in the constitution to cover it.
Unfortunately our constitution can't always keep up with technology, but we need honest, trustworthy leaders to uphold it's ideals as technology progresses.
I will drive with or without a license. It used to be a "privilege". In today's society on the move 24 hours a day it is a "right" and a "necessity".
I am tired of the government raping our paychecks and wanting more, more, more.
Guess what Einstein's, if you take away the license and people can't get to work you don't get tax money.
I want to see this sign at NYS borders:
"New York: The Taxation State"
I thought that was what the gasoline taxes were for...road maintenance.
Am I wrong. What do gas taxes pay for if not roads?
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