The state of New York hit Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with fines for dodging tax warrants against her previous business five years ago. The warrant was filed nearly two months after she launched her political campaign.
The state filed its tax warrant against Brook Avenue Press, a child-focused publishing house AOC founded in 2012, after she failed to pay $1,618 in corporate taxes, according to the Daily Caller.
The warrant amount has since ballooned 52% to $2,461 due to nonpayment.
A representative for the Bronx County Clerk’s office confirmed that the warrant remains open.
NEW: New York state slapped a $1,618 tax warrant against AOC's defunct business, Brook Avenue Press, five years ago today.— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) July 6, 2022
AOC has yet to pay a penny of her overdue corporate tax bill. Her tax warrant has swelled to $2,461 as of today.@dcexaminer https://t.co/undrd8b9E2
Ocasio-Cortez’s spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told the New York Post in May of 2020 that the representative is contenting the tax warrant.
“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.”
It is unclear why the matter has not yet been resolved.