MEMO OF SUPPORT: Permit Low Income People to Retain Their Drivers’ Licenses When Owing Unpaid Tax Debt

Empire Justice March 22, 2018

Empire Justice Center strongly supports the Assembly one house proposal in the Revenue Article VII Budget Legislation, (A.9509-B), Part ZZ which amends Tax Law § 171-V by exempting low income people from losing their driving license privileges when they do not have the means to pay their delinquent tax debts. Empire Justice Center has represented hundreds of low-income workers in Upstate New York facing barriers to meaningful and productive employment caused by wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and employment discrimination. This legislation will help permit low income people to keep their employment by permitting them to retain their driving privileges when they are unable to repay their delinquent taxes.

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