AOC’s ‘Tax the Rich’ Designer Took $40K+ in PPP Funds, Owes Money Across U.S
The company racked up three open tax warrants in New York
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) 'tax the rich' dress designer, Aurora James, owes massive amounts of back taxes, according to reports.
The 37-year-old was a “notorious tax deadbeat with unpaid debts dogging her in multiple states,” according to The New York Post.
Most of the debts come from the company she created in 2011, Cultural Brokerage Agency, which is the parent company to her fashion company.
The Post reported:
The company racked up three open tax warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income taxes from employees’ paychecks totaling $14,798, the state Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post.
The debts — which were incurred before the pandemic — stem from 2018 and 2019.
The company has been hit with 15 warrants in total since 2015.
The company got into a deeper hole with the feds.
Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Internal Revenue Service placed six federal liens on Cultural Brokerage Agency totaling $103,220.
The liens specifically cite the company’s failure to remit employee payroll taxes.
James’s company took $41,666 in pandemic relief aid, and her company owes $62,722 in relation to workers’ compensation.
The company also relied on “legions of unpaid interns working full-time jobs.”
Last year, James bought a $1.6 million property in California, which is already listed as “delinquent” by L.A. County, owing over $2,500 in property taxes.
Neon Nettle reported last week that AOC wore the dress to the luxurious Met Gala in New York, where tickets start from $30,000 each.
Ocasio-Cortez said she and the dress's designer, Aurora James, discussed "what it means to be working-class women of color at the Met."
WATCH @AOC speaks about her dress tonight: pic.twitter.com/qIGecrBevv— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) September 14, 2021
Later, AOC was hit with an ethics complaint not long after she attended the glitzy Met Gala.
Questions have been mounting as to how Ocasio-Cortez bought the ticket or who paid for her to attend.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he believed AOC may have broken the law by attending the event.
"I’m not quite sure as a member of Congress how you legally can go there,” McCarthy told Fox News.
“You can’t accept a ticket, so I’m not sure how that works.”
"She’s the leader of the Democratic Party,” McCarthy said.
"And think about it: She doesn’t call herself a Democrat."