Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wants to raise taxes, talking about a 70% marginal tax rates among other government things she would impose on people.
But there’s a small problem.
She allegedly hasn’t paid all of her own taxes first.
From NY Post:
Brook Avenue Press, a company she founded in 2012 to publish children’s books in The Bronx, owes the state $1,870.36 in corporate taxes, public records show.
The state slapped the company with a warrant on July 6, 2017, two months after Ocasio-Cortez announced her candidacy to run against Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley for the district that encompasses parts of Queens and The Bronx.
The state requires businesses to pay a corporation tax on a sliding scale based on revenue. The minimum payment last year was $25.
“The company probably got numerous letters from the state and probably ignored them,” one New York City accountant theorized.
Public records show the state dissolved the company in October 2016, which can happen when a business fails to pay corporate taxes or file a return.
The state Tax Department won’t comment on individual companies but typically files warrants as a last resort after trying to collect money.
Her spokesperson Corbin Trent refused to comment when he was asked about it.
Her company was formed to “develop and identify stories and literature in urban areas like New York, specifically communities like The Bronx.”
She even managed to get into the news when she was interviewed about getting cheap office space in subsidized program to help small businesses.
Problem? She doesn’t appear to have actually published anything.
But despite her promise to work with “designers, artists and authors that really know the urban story and help develop stories for kids,” The Post could not find any books the publishing house produced.
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez signed on to a bill to tax stock trades and has previously called for a 70 percent tax on incomes over $10 million in order to help finance the Green New Deal, her environmental manifesto calling for “new national, social, industrial and economic mobilization” to save the planet.