The New York Post has done some fine investigative reporting, revealing that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wants the U.S. to return to the confiscatory tax rates of the 1960s and beyond, still has some outstanding taxes of her own that haven’t been paid.
According to the Post, Ocasio-Cortez owes nearly $2,000 in taxes stemming from a failed book business she tried to get off the ground in 2012. The business, which proves that Ocasio-Cortez isn’t against dabbling in capitalism when she thinks she has a shot at garnering financial success, went under while still owing $1,877.56 in corporate taxes.
The Post informed Ocasio-Cortez’s team of the outstanding tax bill more than two weeks ago, but they reported on Sunday that the congresswoman – who now earns a six-figure salary on Capitol Hill – has still not bothered to cough up the dough. Apparently it’s taxes for thee, but not for me that drives AOC’s aberrant economic philosophy.
Two months after Ocasio-Cortez announced the campaign that would ultimately turn her into an American household name, New York state slapped her with a warrant for her unpaid taxes. The Post reports that records show that New York dissolved Brook Avenue Press – AOC’s fledgling children’s book company – in 2016. This is apparently within the state’s power when a company fails to file an income tax return.
Asked by the Post why Ocasio-Cortez could not seem to take care of this tax bill, her aide Corbin Trent got snippy: “I’m her congressional staffer, not her personal accountant.”
Guess the Post hit a nerve.
Our favorite part of this story comes from the UK’s Daily Mail. They uncovered an interview with AOC from 2012, where she expressed a very interesting opinion on taxes and their effect on small businesses.
“You don’t really make a profit in your first year,” she said at the time. “To get taxed on top of that is a real whammy.”
You don’t say.