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Designer Aurora James called them “tax the rich“Dress for the rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “Powerful Message” – But this is not what he took to heart.

The 37-year-old fashionista, who rocked the Met Gala with the Democratic-socialist AOC last week, is a notorious tax deadbeat with unpaid debt in several states, records show.


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Much of the luxe-living Gems owes much to the cultural brokerage agency, an LLC he formed in 2011 to serve as the parent company of his fashion brand, known today as Brother Wellies. This is a favorite of people who like Beyoncé, rihanna, And Meghan Markle.

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The company has tracked three open tax warrants The state’s Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post for failing to withhold income taxes totaling $14,798 from employees’ paychecks in New York State. The debt – which happened before the pandemic – stems from 2018 and 2019. The company has been hit with a total of 15 warrants since 2015.

The company went into a deep hole with the Fed. Between April 2018 and April 2019, the Internal Revenue Service federal link $103,220 total at Cultural Brokerage Agency. Liens specifically refer to a company’s failure to remit employee payroll taxes.

The IRS declined to comment on his current status.

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“Just because they take it out of your paycheck doesn’t mean they’re sending it to the government,” explained Baruch College taxation lecturer David Cedella after reviewing the lien. “It’s definitely not something you want. I wouldn’t say your average business has it. Something went wrong.”

While James apparently has no problem toughing up the taxman, she hasn’t been shy about taking money from taxpayers — her company received $41,666 in pandemic relief aid.

Over the years the cultural brokerage agency has also faced several legal challenges as a result of habitual non-payment of worker benefits.

In October 2019 the state Employees’ Compensation Board fined the company $17,000 for not having workers-company insurance between March 2017 and February 2018. The company currently owes $62,722 and has not received any payment to date, a representative for the board told The. Post. Workers’ comp is paid when an employee is injured on the job and misses time.

Former employees destroyed the operation as a sweatshop that relied on legions of unpaid interns working full-time jobs.

“I experienced a lot of harassment when I worked for him,” a former contract employee told The Post. “Aurora would ask me to do things that weren’t in someone’s job description, like scheduling her gynecological appointments. The work environment was so hostile I was afraid to ask for my check.” Ultimately the employee was fired.

A former trainee called James “quite cold”, adding that “she never gives recognition or acknowledgment to her team.”

James is also an alleged rant deadbeat, records show.

In August 2020, James’ landlord filed papers to evict Brother Welles from their location at 71 Franklin St in Brooklyn, as well as seeking more than $25,000 in interest to stay beyond the end of their lease. The matter got resolved.

She was sued by a previous landlord for more than $5,000 in unpaid rent at the old address of her shop at 209 West 38th Street in Manhattan in February 2018.

“Aurora, obviously we didn’t want this to come to this, but you’ve never paid your rent on time,” Matthew Mandel wrote in a dismayed March 2018 email to his Manhattan landlord. “We’ve been more than patient.”

Although AOC proudly labels James “Working Class” As designers as they walked the Met Gala red carpet, their lifestyle has been anything but. As the pandemic spread across the US, igniting a deep recession, James acquired a $1.6 million residence in Los Angeles in September 2020.

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According to RedFin, the Tudor-style home with cathedral ceilings, a master-bedroom fireplace, and backyard hot tub sits on 7,095 square feet in the posh Hollywood Hills.

True to form, property is already “listed as”Criminal“by the Los Angeles County assessor’s office, which reported The Post owed James $2,504 in property taxes.

Although the AOC was compiled to Tickets for the annual ball for boldfacers, admission to the famously exclusive Met Gala cost $35,000 per head. James attended the bash with Benjamin Bronfman, a rumored boyfriend he is often seen with. The 39-year-old Bronfman is a descendant of the powerful Bronfman family and its distilled kingdom. he deserves a estimated $100 million.

Photos from the event show the pair smiling broadly with Ocasio-Cortez and her boyfriend Riley Roberts.

James’s unpaid bills belie his champagne taste. She often goes to special places, her Instagram is richly decorated with photos Jamaica, Morocco, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Italy, ns United Kingdom And Hampton.

got money to make it $2,700 donation For Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis of Republican Staten Island told The Post, “It’s the climax of hypocrisy when socialists attend a $30,000-per-ticket gala with the message of ‘taxing the rich’ while wearing an overpriced dress by a luxury designer.” who does not pay taxes.” “What happened to everyone who paid their fair share?”

Both James and his reps did not respond to multiple requests for comment from the post.

James pioneered the progressive cause long before he hit the headlines for dressing America’s most famous socialist. After the death of George Floyd in May 2020, he made 15 percent pledge, demanding that major companies commit to buying 15% of their products from black-owned businesses. The idea started with major companies like Bloomingdales, Vogue, Sephora, and Crate & Barrel, According to the 15 percent pledge website.

“That’s the least you can do for us. We represent 15% of the population and we need to represent 15% of your shelf space,” James said in a Instagram post declaration of thought.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has made a career out of demanding better worker pay and benefits, and for his budget-busting federal programs to tax the wealthy, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Additional reporting by Ben Blanchett

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