The state of New York has issued fines to Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Democratic New York Rep. The penalties were for failing to comply with tax warrants that had been filed against her business from five years back.
The state filed a tax warrant against Brook Avenue Press — a children-oriented publishing house Ocasio-Cortez founded in 2012 — on July 6, 2017, to collect $1,618 in unpaid corporate taxes, the Washington Examiner reported. The tax warrant has increased 52% to cost $2,461 due to the representative not paying the taxes.
New York issues tax warrants if businesses “fail to timely resolve” their debt and do not respond to their notices and will proceed with “further collection action,” according to the New York Department of Taxation and Finance.
The state issued the tax warrant almost two months after her campaign against Joe Crowley (a Democratic New York Representative). The Bronx County Clerk’s Office representative told the Examiner that the warrant is still open.
NEW: New York state slapped a $1,618 tax warrant against AOC’s defunct business, Brook Avenue Press, five years ago today.
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) July 6, 2022
The New York representative vowed to repay the corporate taxes, but her office later said the warrant was issued “in error,” according to the Examiner. (RELATED: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Invests Over $1.4 Million In ‘Tax The Rich’ -Themed Political Merchandise)
“The congresswoman is still in the process of contesting the tax warrant. The business has been closed for several years now, and so we believe that the state Tax Department has continued to collect the franchise tax in error,” Ocasio-Cortez spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told the New York Post in May 2020. “As anyone who’s tried to contest a tax bill in error knows, it takes time.”
Her 2018 financial disclosure, filed in 2019, lists her as the founder of the Brook Avenue Press. The state dissolved the company using a procedure used for businesses that do not pay taxes in at least two years or fail to file a tax return.
The New York representative called for raising taxes to 60% – 70% for the people at the very top to pay for her climate agenda.
“But once you get to, like, the tippy tops on your 10 millionth dollar, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60 or 70 percent,” she told CNN’s Anderson’s Cooper in 2019. As you move up the ladder you need to contribute more. The representative was dressed in a white gown with “Tax The Rich”, written across her back in bold, red letters. The dress’ designer, Aurora James, received 15 tax warrants since 2015 for her company, Cultural Brokerage Agency, withholding a total of $14,798 in taxes from its employee paychecks between 2018 and 2019. Six federal liens were placed on the company by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), for not paying a sufficient amount of money intended to be taken from the paychecks of employees.
Ocasio Cortez’ office didn’t immediately reply to Daily Caller’s requests for comment.