The New York Post first spotted the New York Democrat’s unpaid tax bill in early March. An Ocasio-Cortezspokesmantold The Post at the time that it was the first they had heard of her business’s unpaid taxes and that the balance would be paid right away.
FormerOcasio-Cortezspokesman Corbin Trent told The Post her lawyers were looking into the matter in aMarch 23 storynoting that the back taxes remained unpaid.
Brook Avenue Press’s back taxes remain unpaid six months later.
The Bronx County Clerk confirmed in a phone call with the Daily Caller News Foundation Monday that the Brook Avenue Press tax warrant remains open and that a satisfaction of judgement has yet to be filed in the matter.
Ocasio-Cortez presumably has the means to pay off her business’s unpaid taxes with a congressional salary of $174,000.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
New York state dissolved Ocasio-Cortez’s company in 2016 using aprocedurereserved for corporations that fail to pay taxes for at least two years or fail to file tax returns.
Ocasio-Cortez reported she was the founder of Brook Avenue Press in herfinancial disclosure reportfiled with the House of Representatives in May.
As a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has called for tax rates up to70 percenton income earners at the “tippy tops” to fund her signature policy proposal, the Green New Deal, which would fully decarbonize the U.S. by 2030.
Ocasio-Cortez sang a different tune on taxes as a small business owner in 2012 when she came out in support of a bill that would provide tax deductions for business start-up costs.
“You don’t really make a profit in your first year,” Ocasio-Cortez told the now-defunctDNAinfowhen she was trying to get Brook Avenue Press off the ground. “To get taxed on top of that is a real whammy.”