Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 14th C.D., often talks the talk about taxing the rich but she seems unwilling to walk the walk personally.
According to a 2019 financial disclosure report Ocasio-Cortez filed with the House of Representatives, she declared herself founder of Brook Avenue Press. Her Bronx, N.Y., company, designed to publish books about NYC children, fell behind in paying NYS corporation tax.
The state’s Taxation and Finance Department dissolved her company, issuing a Proclamation of Dissolution on October 26, 2016. Involuntary dissolution is invoked by tax authorities on corporations that fail to pay taxes for two consecutive years. NYS tax authorities explain that involuntarily dissolved companies are still required to file returns and pay taxes owed until they comply with state tax law.
Brook Avenue Press was slapped with a $1,618 tax warrant by the state tax department on July 6, 2017. That was approximately two months after the former bartender announced her candidacy to oppose then-incumbent Joe Crowley, according to the New York Post report. The 14th congressional district represents constituents in parts of two city boroughs: Queens and The Bronx.
The unpaid tax obligation of the New York congresswoman has swollen to $2,471.68 from interest and fees applied by the state. An email request to the representative requesting comment was not immediately returned.
“AOC has yet to pay a penny of her overdue corporate tax bill. Her tax warrant has swelled to $2,461 as of today,” declared Washington Examiner reporter Andrew Kerr in a Wednesday Twitter post.
Kerr’s Twitter remarks appear in a caption above a retweet by his publication claiming Ocasio-Cortez remains a tax scofflaw. Ironically enough, the photo accompanying the story is an image of her wearing a dress emblazoned with the motto “Tax the Rich” when she attended the Met Gala.
The New York representative called for raising taxes 60% – 70% for the people at the very top to pay for her climate agenda, according to a Daily Caller report.
“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 explained to CNN’s Anderson’s Cooper in 2019. “As you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more.”
“If that’s what radical means, call me a radical.”
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