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      8,900 New Yorkers have had their drivers licenses suspended because they owe back taxes

      Nearly 8,900 New Yorkers have had their drivers licenses suspended for failing to pay taxes they owe the state.

      The suspensions are a result of legislation that encourages people who owe more than $10,000 in back taxes to settle with the state Tax Department.

      Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office says another 6,500 people have either paid their debt or are on a payment plan, resulting in a tax collection increase of roughly $56.4 million for the government.

      Drivers have 60 days from the date they receive the suspension notice from the Tax Department to arrange payment. The Department of Motor Vehicles sends a second letter after the 60 days, providing an additional 15 days to respond.

      The DMV is then authorized to suspend the license until the debt or a payment plan is arranged.