JThe company behind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Tax the Rich” dress has a history of not paying taxes, according to a Saturday report.
Aurora James designer’s company Brother Vellies has racked up three open tax warrants in New York for failing to withhold nearly $15,000 in income taxes on employees’ paycheques, New York Post reported.
James designed the highly publicized “Tax the Rich” dress for AOC, who wore the dress at the 2021 Met Gala. The event began on September 13 and brought together celebrities, actors and politicians.
The debts were incurred before the pandemic, stemming from 2018 and 2019. The company has been impacted by 15 total warrants since 2015. Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service placed six federal privileges on the company from April 2018 to April 2019, for a total of $103,220, specifically citing the company’s failure to pay employee payroll taxes.
“Just because they’re taking it out of your paycheck doesn’t mean they’re sending it to the government,” said David Cenedella, a tax professor at Baruch College. “It’s definitely not something you want. I wouldn’t say your average business has that. Something went wrong.
James also has a history of rent disputes. A former landlord sued James in February 2018 for more than $5,000 in unpaid rent at his store’s former address in Manhattan. In August 2020, another owner filed paperwork to evict Brother Vellies from its location in brooklyn and demanded more than $25,000 plus interest to stay past the end of the lease, with the matter eventually settled, according to the outlet.
Brother Vellies did not immediately respond to the Washington reviewer’s request for comment.
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Original author: Asher Notheis