Socialist attention-seeker Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grabbed media attention by showing up at the $35,000-a-ticket Met Gala in a lavish designer dress emblazoned her with “Tax The Rich” logo.
But tax collectors in multiple states are looking to grab its designer, who has three open tax warrants in New York for unpaid taxes and multiple federal tax liens by the Internal Revenue Service, the New York Post reports.
“Designer Aurora James called her ‘Tax the Rich’ dress for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a ‘powerful message’ — but it’s not one she has taken to heart,” the Post reports.
James’ design 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 Post reports.
“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,” the Post adds.
While Ocasio-Cortez claims to represent the working class, her dress was made by a designer who refuses to pay worker’s compensation funds.
“In October 2019 the state Worker’s Compensation Board slapped the company with a $17,000 fine for not carrying worker’s-comp insurance between March 2017 and February 2018. The company currently owes $62,722 and no payments have been received to date, a rep for the board told The Post. Workers’ comp is paid out when an employee is hurt at work and misses time,” the Post reports.
And while Ocasio-Cortez and James claim the “Tax The Rich” dress was made to promote a political message, it appears the actual intent was to promote Ocasio-Cortez’ line of designer clothes and a possible political career.
The same “Tax The Rich” logo appears on $58 designer sweatshirts Ocasio-Cortez sells on her website.
With New York state set to lose a congressional seat after redistricting, it is expected New York state Democrats will draw Ocasio-Cortez out of Congress, prompting her to begin promoting her personal brand for a career after Congress.
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