While the younger voters of the Democratic Party might find themselves enamored with “The Squad”, the taxman most certainly is not.
That’s because freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has apparently made a habit of shirking her fiscal responsibilities, and has been doing so for the better part of a decade.
AOC had founded Brook Avenue Press, a publishing house that sought designers, artists and writers from urban areas to help paint the Bronx in a positive way in children’s stories, in 2012.
As the Post previously reported, public records show the state dissolved the company in October 2016. The state can make such a move when a business fails to pay corporate taxes or file a return.
The state Tax Department then filed a warrant against her now-defunct business on July 6, 2017, over a $1,618.36 unpaid bill.
As of Friday, the tax warrant had still not been satisfied, and the outstanding balance had grown to $2,088.78, the department said.
AOC is apparently attempting to step out on the bill entirely.
Ocasio-Cortez’s camp says the rep is challenging the $2,088.78 bill because it was issued “in error.”
“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,” said Lauren Hitt, an AOC spokeswoman.
What makes the somewhat paltry penance so much more embarrassing is that AOC was chastised back in 2018 for her choice to don a $3,500 pantsuit for a photoshoot set in the allegedly low-income neighborhood of her youth.
Hopefully, she kept the receipts.