- Aurora James, 37, said the dress she designed for AOC sent a ‘powerful message’, but her own tax bills show she didn’t take it to heart.
- The Brother Wellies founder has three open tax warrants in New York State for failing to withhold income taxes totaling $14,798 from employees’ paychecks.
- James’s firm was also the subject of six federal liens – legal claims against property for failing to pay tax debt – totaling $103,220.
- The Canadian has also proved that he has no problem taking money from taxpayers as his company received $41,666 in pandemic relief assistance
- AOC dubbed James a ‘working class’ designer at the Met Gala, but James bought the Hollywood Hills home for $1.6 million in September 2020.
- He reportedly still owes $2,504 in estate taxes on the property.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 37-year-old fashion designer behind the controversial ‘Tax the Rich’ dress she wore to the Met Gala, has been accused of evading paying taxes on her business, and is in debt in several states.
Aurora James said the dress sent a ‘powerful message’, but her own tax bills show she didn’t take it to heart. The successful designer’s debts are mostly owed by an LLC, which she formed in 2011 – the cultural brokerage agency – to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, Brother Wellies.
According to New York PostBeyoncé, Rihanna and Meghan Markle became fans of James’ luxury brand after the company issued three open tax warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income taxes totaling $14,798 from employees’ paychecks.
The Department of Taxation and Finance told The Post that the outstanding payments were from 2018 and 2019, but the LLC has been hit with a total of 15 warrants since 2015.
In the two years before the pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also placed six federal liens — the government’s legal claim against your property when you fail to pay a tax debt — amounting to $103,220 on the LLC. According to the post, liens noted that the company failed to remit employee payroll taxes.
Aurora James (left), 37, said she sent a ‘powerful message’ to rap Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) to attend the Met Gala, but her own tax bills show she took it to heart Not Taken.
As Beyoncé, Rihanna and Meghan Markle became fans of James’ luxury brand Brother Wellies, the company issued three open tax warrants in New York state for failing to withhold income taxes totaling $14,798 from employees’ paychecks.
The IRS declined Post’s request for comment.
However, the Canadian has proved he has no problem taking money from taxpayers as his company received $41,666 in pandemic relief aid, according to The Post.
Maybe that’s why the AOC called James a ‘working class’ designer in an interview the trend As she made waves on The Met’s red carpet.
AOC, a 31-year-old socialist firebrand, was slammed for a $35,000-a-ticket event for wearing a dress bearing the socialist slogan, although she was given a free ticket to the glitzy gala.
Despite James’ tax concerns, the designer was still able to buy the $1.6 million Hollywood Hills home in September 2020—which the Post reported he currently owes $2,504 in property taxes.
The 7,095-square-foot property has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a master-bedroom fireplace, and a backyard hot tub.
Cultural brokerage agency’s issues are said to run deeper, with the firm also accusing it of failing to pay benefits to its employees.
In October 2019 the Workers’ Compensation Board hit the company with a $17,000 fine for not carrying workers-comp insurance – which is paid when an employee is hurt at work and has to take it as a result – March 2017 from February 2018.
David Cedella, a taxation lecturer at Baruch College, explained: ‘Just because they take it out of your paycheck doesn’t mean they’re sending it to the government.
‘It’s definitely not something you want. I wouldn’t say your average business has it. something went wrong.’
AOC dubbed James a ‘working class’ designer at the Met Gala, but strangely enough, James bought a $1.6 million Hollywood Hills home in September 2020.
He reportedly still owes $2,504 in estate taxes on the property.
The 7,095-square-foot property has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a master-bedroom fireplace, and backyard hot tub
A former employee said James would ask her to do things outside of anyone’s job description, such as scheduling her gynecological appointments, and a former intern called the boss ‘quite cold’.
But that hasn’t phased out James, who hasn’t made a single payment on the $62,722 he owes the board, a spokesperson told The Post.
Former employees have compared the Brother Wellies to a sweatshop, relying heavily on unpaid interns working full-time jobs.
A former worker, who was fired, told The Post: ‘I experienced a lot of harassment when I worked for him. Aurora would ask me to do things that weren’t in someone’s job description, such as scheduling her gynecological appointments.
‘The work environment was so hostile that I was afraid to ask for my cheque.’
An intern who also worked for James called him ‘too cold’.
“She never gives recognition or recognition to her team,” he said.
As per the records she does not even pay her rent. In August 2020, James’s landlord filed papers to evict Brother Welles from their location at 71 Franklin Street in Brooklyn, New York, and sought more than $25,000 in interest to live beyond the end of their lease, The Post reported.
The matter was resolved but the details of the settlement were not immediately clear.
Two years ago, in February 2018, James was sued for over $5,000 in unpaid rent at the previous New York City address of his shop at 209 West 38th Street.
James has yet to comment on the allegations surrounding his finances.
As per the records she does not even pay her rent. In August 2020, James’ landlord filed papers to evict Brother Welles from their Brooklyn location, demanding more than $25,000. Two years ago, in February 2018, James was sued for over $5,000 in unpaid rent at his shop’s previous Manhattan address.