TORONTO, Ont. — OTA officials have received news of Canadian trucks being seized in New Jersey, for failure to pay corporate business taxes.
Drivers are being told they will not be permitted to remove their equipment from the state until they pay a prescribed amount, according to the Ontario trucking Association.
In the past, similar seizures have occurred in Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania, which also have truck seizure programs for failure to pay state taxes.
OTA officials say they’ve been able to negotiate reductions in the annual taxes, but carriers are still legally obligated to pay them.
The seizures are made at random, and are not based on prior encounters with enforcement officials, according to the OTA.
But association officials are warning carriers to be prepared: a new spate of seizures is expected to spring up soon in Pennsylvania.
For more information on New Jersey and Pennsylvania state visit: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/text/voldisctxt.htm and www.revenue.state.pa.us/
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