ALBANY, N.Y. -- Westchester residents who don't pay their state taxes will soon lose their ability to legally drive.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York residents that owe the state more than $10,000 in taxes will have their driver's license suspended. The measure was approved by state lawmakers in March, according to firstcoastnews.com .
"Our message is simple: Tax scofflaws who don't abide by the same rules as everyone else are not entitled to the same privileges as everyone else," Cuomo said in a statement.
There are more than 16,000 residents in New York who are delinquent with more than $1 billion in taxes, according to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. More than 1,000 of them live in Westchester County. Only New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties have more delinquent taxpayers.
Delinquent taxpayers will be sent notices to arrange payment within 60 days. If they fail to respond, another notice will be sent by the Department of Motor Vehicles giving the offenders an additional 15 days to reply.
Those who still refuse to pay will have their licenses suspended.
The state hopes to collect more than $26 million in uncollected taxes this year and roughly $6 million every year after.
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