Report: Ocasio-Cortez Owes Roughly $2,000 In Unpaid Taxes From Failed Business

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has found herself in hot water again because she apparently believes the law does not apply to her.

The former bartender turned New York socialist lawmaker reportedly owes around $2,000 in unpaid taxes from a failed business venture, The Daily Mail reported.

And now, AOC is fighting the bill with a warrant from the New York Tax Department hanging over her head.

This tax warrant stems from a failed business Ocasio-Cortez launched in 2012, a publishing company called Brook Avenue Press, that went under back in 2016.

The tax bill itself is seven years old and the warrant was issued in July 2017.

The Daily Mail reports:

The New York Tax Department’s records show that a warrant has been filed against the business, Brook Avenue Press, which was dissolved in October 2016.

The publishing house was founded in order to ‘help develop and identify stories and literature in urban areas ….specifically in communities like The Bronx,’ Ocasio-Cortez says in a 2011 YouTube video.

She was just 22 years old at the time she started the company.

At the time, Ocasio-Cortez, who is known for supporting higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans, supported doubling tax deductions for small businesses like hers.

At the time, Ocasio-Cortez, who is known for supporting higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans, supported doubling tax deductions for small businesses like hers.

AOC spokeswoman Lauren Hitt released a statement saying the bill is in dispute.

“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. As anyone who’s tried to contest a tax bill in error knows, it takes time,” Hitt said.

Ocasio-Cortez is paid $174,000 annually as part of her congressional salary.

Her campaign wants everyone to believe that the tax bill was issued in “error” and that it is difficult to contest it.

It does not take seven years to pay a tax bill.

And, more importantly, Ocasio-Cortez has refused to do anything about this for so long that a tax warrant has been issued in an attempt to resolve the matter.

That’s very serious, but it’s not the only bad news AOC has gotten in the past week.

AOC’s re-election chances have been in flux in recent weeks amid slumping poll numbers and the looming 2020 Census, which could give New York lawmakers the opportunity to eliminate AOC’s House seat, which would remove her from Congress.

Now, Ocasio-Cortez has been removed from the progressive union-backed Working Families Party (WFP) ballot line by a New York State Supreme Court judge, another blow to her competitive Democratic primary fight.

AOC removed from the primary ballot after receiving only 13 signatures from members of the progressive group. She needed 15 signatures in order to get on the ballot.

For perspective, there are currently 5,903 active members of the party in Queens and the Bronx.

She couldn’t get 15 signatures for the WFP line out of nearly 6,000 potential members.