Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, tagSnapper is a technology company that provides reporting services to relevant agencies to help recover overdue vehicle registration fees.
The Problem We’re Striving to Solve
Every year, more than one in ten registrations becomes delinquent worth an estimated four hundred and twenty-five million dollars.
This is according to seasoned Sacramento tax attorney, Steve Sims.
Now add to this, vehicles claiming Planned Non Operational status whilst still illegally on the road, and the number becomes substantially larger.
Yes, the Franchise Tax Board does garnish wages from accounts that are more than sixty days delinquent, but every year, two-hundred and thirty-seven million dollars are still missing. What this means is that important agencies are deprived of much needed funds to provide services for all of us.
Because it’s fair, when everybody pays their share.
This is probably why a stated goal on the DMV website is to have every vehicle properly registered.
This persistent problem has been irksome for a really long time as the date on this article illustrates.
The program, now known as CHP REG already allows people a method to report out-of-state registration violators. And despite having a cumbersome, multi-step process, has helped recover millions of dollars over the past decade.
New Yorkers are already financially rewarded with a share of the fines for video reporting idling trucks and buses in violation of the city’s anti-idling laws.
And the California False Claims Act enables whistleblowers to be financially rewarded for helping recover government funds.
This is all good news because there are already programs and initiatives in place helping to weed out cheats. Crowdsourcing is a force for good.
tagSnapper is a custom-built mobile phone app that allows users to snap expired license plates from around California.
Each image is stamped with when and where it was snapped.
A tabulated report is generated overnight from all the images that were snapped the previous day.
Only unique plates are reported. So if an expired plate is photographed a second or third time, only the first instance is reported to the relevant agency.
In addition to all information requested by the CHP REG program, the month and year on the plate and the minimum number of days delinquent are also included.
A notice, similar to a toll bridge crossing is sent by the agency to the registered owner.
With it are specific instructions on what needs to be addressed to resolve the matter.
An additional administration fee is added to any amount due.
It acts like a flick on the forehead.
Isn’t time you played your part in helping to weed out delinquent registrations with tagSnapper?
Weed out delinquent vehicle registrations in California.
Leverage cutting edge technology to simplify the collection of overdue registration fees from delinquent vehicle owners.
We help weed out delinquent vehicle registration cheats by providing reporting services to important agencies.
Vehicle Registration Collections Process
STATE OF CALIFORNIA FRANCHISE TAX BOARD
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) focuses primarily on efficient and cost-effective tax revenue collection. It makes sense for public agencies to entrust FTB to operate other revenue collection programs on their behalf.
In 1993, the Legislature passed Revenue and Taxation Code Section 10878 which transferred responsibility for collecting overdue vehicle registration fees to FTB.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) focuses on its primary services to its customers: driver’s license certification or renewal, motor vehicle licensing, and annual vehicle registration renewals. The DMV mails nearly 33 million vehicle registration renewal notices to Californians every year. Approximately 3.73 million of these vehicle registration accounts, worth an estimated $425 million, become delinquent. DMV lacks the administrative authority to take involuntary collection actions, such as bank or wage levies. Instead, they must file actions against debtors in small claims court.
FTB exercises its administrative authority to take involuntary collection actions on behalf of DMV. In fiscal year 2016-2017, FTB handled approximately 1.35 million accounts for DMV and collected nearly $187.8 million.
DMV mails an annual renewal notice to the last known registered vehicle owner 60 days before the registration expiration date. If the registered owner fails to pay the renewal amount by the expiration date, DMV sends a delinquent notice that is marked Final Notice 30 days after the registration has expired. The third and last notice that DMV sends is also marked Final Notice and is sent 30 days after the second notice. This notice also advises the registered owner that their unpaid account is being referred to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) for collection action.
Throughout the collection process, DMV retains management responsibility for all referred accounts. We refer all account disputes or complaints to the DMV Liaison Section or to the debtor’s local DMV field office for resolution, allowing DMV customers to deal directly with their local DMV field office.
By the time we receive an account referral, the debt is generally 90 days delinquent. We immediately issue a Demand for Payment Notice. If the debtor does not respond to the notice within 10 days, we begin involuntary collection actions, such as bank and wage levies.
- Bank levy: Once we issue a bank levy attaching the debtor’s bank accounts, we provide the debtor at least 10 days from the notice date to pay the debt voluntarily before the bank automatically forwards the funds to us.
- Wage levy: Once we issue a wage levy to a debtor’s employer, we provide the debtor at least 10 days from the notice date to pay the debt voluntarily before the employer begins withholding up to 25 percent of the debtor’s disposable income.
As DMV’s collection agent, we forward all funds collected to DMV. DMV then makes disbursements to various state and county agencies.
Its clean and simple design with a minimalistic approach means that – it’s very easy to use.
A few seconds is all it takes from the moment an expired registration tag is noticed, to snapping it, and sending it.
The app does all the work for you. From acquiring all the necessary information the moment the image is snapped (where, when, and who) to uploading all the relevant data to our servers when the send button is tapped. That’s it!
Spot – Snap – Send – Repeat.
Diligence has its rewards, and for avid tagSnapper the rewards accumulate handsomely.
The Vehicle Registration Collections Program is funded through the Motor Vehicle Account, State Transportation Fund, and the Motor Vehicle License Fee Account, Transportation Tax Fund.
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