Self-proclaimed democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is one of those far-left progressive lawmakers who incessantly demand that taxes be raised and that the wealthy pay their “fair share” of the government’s revenue.
Yet, it appears that the leftist congresswoman has failed to pay some of her own taxes to the New York state government and has now been hit with fines on top of a tax warrant for the oversight, the Washington Examiner reported.
Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t paid all of her taxes
In 2012, long before she entered politics, Ocasio-Cortez founded a company known as Brook Avenue Press, a small publishing house focused on children, but that company was ultimately dissolved by the state in 2016.
In 2017, New York filed a tax warrant against Ocasio-Cortez over $1,618 that she had failed to pay in corporate taxes for the defunct business. Those delinquent taxes still haven’t been paid, and the Examiner reported that the state on Wednesday hit the congresswoman with more fines for failing to pay what she owes, pushing the total due up by more than 50 percent to $2,461.
The outlet noted that a source within the Bronx County Clerk’s Office confirmed that there is still an active and open tax warrant against Ocasio-Cortez for her unpaid corporate taxes.
State has taken action over years-old unpaid debt
The Daily Caller reported that, according to New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance, tax warrants are typically issued when businesses in the state “fail to timely resolve” their tax obligations as well as fail to respond in a timely fashion to notices of “further collection action.”
As for Ocasio-Cortez’s company being dissolved by the state, that is a procedure typically used by the state against businesses that fail to file annual tax returns or fail to pay any taxes over a two-year period.
The outlet noted that the congresswoman had initially promised to pay the delinquent corporate taxes on her defunct business after she was first elected to Congress in the 2018 elections, but has since reneged on that vow and instead has vowed to fight back against the warrant that she now believes was filed “in error” against her.
Contesting the tax warrant over unpaid corporate tax obligation
Indeed, the New York Post reported in May 2020 that, at that time, Ocasio-Cortez owed the state of New York around $2,088, which included late fees and penalties on top of the original debt of $1,618.
“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,” Lauren Hitt, a spokeswoman for the congresswoman, said in a statement at that time. “As anyone who’s tried to contest a tax bill in error knows, it takes time.”
That was two years ago, and the Examiner has now pointed out that it remains unclear if Ocasio-Cortez is still trying to contest the warrant or will finally just pay the money that the state claims she owes. The outlet further noted that the congresswoman’s office declined to respond to requests for comment.
Now, compare Ocasio-Cortez’s apparent continued refusal to pay an outstanding tax debt with her adamant insistence that the wealthy pay even more taxes — bearing in mind that she, herself, is now among the wealthy elite thanks to her taxpayer-funded salary — and realize that, like so many other politicians in Washington D.C., she is just another hypocrite that should be ignored or mocked.