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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to pass sweeping tax hikes on the wealthy, but the freshman lawmaker might want to take care of her own unpaid tax bill first.

Brook Avenue Press, a company she founded in 2012 to publish children’s books in The Bronx, owes the state $1,870.36 in corporate taxes, public records show.

The state slapped the company with a warrant on July 6, 2017, two months after Ocasio-Cortez announced her candidacy to run against Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley for the district that encompasses parts of Queens and The Bronx.

The state requires businesses to pay a corporation tax on a sliding scale based on revenue. The minimum payment last year was $25.

“The company probably got numerous letters from the state and probably ignored them,” one New York City accountant theorized.

Public records show the state dissolved the company in October 2016, which can happen when a business fails to pay corporate taxes or file a return.

The state Tax Department won’t comment on individual companies but typically files warrants as a last resort after trying to collect money.

“This is the first we’re hearing of it, and we won’t have any additional comment until we look into it,” Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman, Corbin Trent, said Saturday.

Brook Avenue Press was set up to “develop and identify stories and literature in urban areas like New York, specifically communities like The Bronx,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a YouTube video posted in October 2011, months before she filed incorporation papers for the company in July 2012.

The company relied on cheap office space in a city-subsidized program to help small businesses in The Bronx.

Called the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, the program was housed in a renovated former printing plant in Hunts Point, where rates for office spaces and tech services in 2012 averaged between $99 for a “virtual office” and $275 per month for local start-ups.

Ocasio-Cortez was featured on the city’s website for the incubator, and The National Hispanic Institute named her a social entrepreneur in residence.

“You see a huge return on your investment here,” a 22-year-old Ocasio-Cortez told a reporter in July 2012. “People pay $500 an hour for consulting that we get for free by the water cooler.”

The tax warrant was issued to Brook Avenue Press at the incubator’s address on Garrison Avenue.

But despite her promise to work with “designers, artists and authors that really know the urban story and help develop stories for kids,” The Post could not find any books the publishing house produced.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez signed on to a bill to tax stock trades and has previously called for a 70 percent tax on incomes over $10 million in order to help finance the Green New Deal, her environmental manifesto calling for “new national, social, industrial and economic mobilization” to save the planet.



  1. Joe

    March 11, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Cool $1,870 will make a big difference to NYC. As you consider paying tax to be important can you also publish an article on all the taxes that Donald Trump did not pay in NYC. That will be a much bigger number and a much better story

    • Mike Hansen

      March 11, 2019 at 8:24 am

      Except that PRESIDENT TRUMP does everything according to the law, and PAY’S his taxes!!!!!

    • Ziggy89

      March 11, 2019 at 8:34 am


      How about YOU focus on the hypocrisy of her blathering on about everybody else paying their fair share while she heads out the back door to avoid the tax man?

      In the finest tradition of Obama babbling about “spreading (everybody ELSE’S) wealth around….

    • Dori

      March 11, 2019 at 8:48 am

      Spoken like a true Democrat!! If Donald Trump owed NYC taxes, I can assure you that would have come out during his Presidential campaign, as the Dems left no stone unturned to in order to sabotage his campaign. $1,870 may not sound like a lot of money, try multiplying that number by all of the business in NYC and see what number you come up with, she’s not exempt from paying those taxes just because she’s clueless as to the cost of running a business, let alone a country!

    • RAY SAY

      March 11, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Trump has paid Millions in Taxes, Property, Income, City, Local, has given away Millions to Charities for Decades.

      But brainwashed Fools like you wouldn’t know that. Trump has given and paid more in Taxes in one year, then you would ever earn income your entire life

      Get Real

    • Mike

      March 11, 2019 at 9:22 am

      You sound like a typical crying liberal moron and a liar


      March 11, 2019 at 9:51 am



      March 11, 2019 at 11:25 am

      Typical lib POS

    • Mike

      March 11, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      Joe where is your proof??? produce the proof, we want to see it!!!!

  2. Mike Hansen

    March 11, 2019 at 8:22 am

    SHE IS A FECKING JOKE!!!!!!! Economics degree and she can’t pay ‘or doesn’t know about’ taxes owed by her for a company she founded???? She’s a deceitful, lying, B- of a Woman!!!!

    • Robin

      March 11, 2019 at 9:10 am

      She’s nothing but a babbling ignorant ass [email protected] h who Thanks that the yelling and yelling and caring on the way she has the negative attention will hopefully get her something positive !
      This broad has no freaking clue

  3. Ron

    March 11, 2019 at 8:31 am

    She is nothing but a loud mouthed bimbo, devoid of any real cognitive process, devoid of any ethics or morality, devoid of any real accomplishments other than leaching off others…therefore an excellent Democrat politician…bless her heart.

  4. Dennis j. Rookus

    March 11, 2019 at 8:33 am

    She learned how the party works, to bad she didn’t learn economics before they gave her that degree in economics! Pathological liar, crooked, evil, Anti-American, all qualities required to be a Demonicrat!
    The Demonic party, being the cult it is, now encourages child sacrifice! EVIL! EVIL!

  5. Q

    March 11, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Dizzy TDS suffering douchebag dems always deflecting blame from their keepers. Quite pathetic.

  6. E G MUSK

    March 11, 2019 at 9:02 am

    What a fake this woman is.

    • Marlitt Arnouville

      March 13, 2019 at 10:36 pm

      Good Lord! Did you guys see her grilling the CEO of Wells Fargo, she asked a question that didn’t even involve the CEO! Embarrassing

  7. Mike

    March 11, 2019 at 9:25 am

    The way she acts I’m thinking she’s probably incest product of brother and sister maybe

  8. Grace Joy

    March 11, 2019 at 9:29 am

    AOC is a puppet. This post & my two replies to myself will spell it out. Conservativemedia, please look into doing a story on this. We went from free needles to avoid AIDs in addicts, to having Heroin shoot-up centers. They’re lobbying Cortez, who’s run by Chakrabarti, anti-Colonialist like Subhas Chandra Bose (wears his pic on a tshirt).

    “The Brains Behind AOC Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”

    • Grace Joy

      March 11, 2019 at 9:33 am

      This video shows AOC’s illegal tweets. This link is only for source: I noticed one by DrugPolicyAlliance at 2:57 “Much appreciation to AOC for speaking truth to power. We must legalize marijuana in a way that recognizes & repairs the disastrous, disproportionate harms of the drug war & mass criminalization on people of color. # MarijuanaJustice # NoMoreDrugWar”.

      “TOP NEWS! Ocasio-Cortez ROCKED By SECOND VIOLATION This Week After THIS COMPLAINT Just Emerged.”

      (I accidentally left out www on the first post).

      • Grace Joy

        March 11, 2019 at 9:37 am

        I looked up DrugPolicyAlliance: :Supervised consumption spaces” are HEROIN centers already across Canada & EU. Already we have free needles (see youtube for Paul Joseph Watson’s “Portland is a Sh*thole & “San Francisco is a sh*thole”).

        Addicts need free healthcare for this. Addict with heroin from over the border from Afghanistan. They will vote Dem; & will be easy to cull later.

        • Grace Joy

          March 11, 2019 at 9:41 am

          Last one.

          This is reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Welcome to the Monkey House:”

          “Set in a world where overpopulation is out of control, the government urges its citizens to commit suicide and runs “Ethical Suicide Parlors” where virgin hostesses guide patrons to their deaths. The government also represses sexual desire with drugs. The government is pursuing the notorious criminal Billy the Poet, who rejects the drugs and intends to deflower one of the hostesses. Exploring themes of sexuality, sexual coercion, forced egalitarianism, and the way governments might deal with overpopulation.”

  9. Jon Wisdom

    March 11, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Sandy didn’t know she owed taxes from 2012? Her business was shut down because of unpaid taxes. And this is a person claims to be in charge of our government and who wants to spend trillions and quadrillions of taxpayer dollars!

  10. George Mertz

    March 11, 2019 at 10:16 am

    “This is the first we’re hearing of it, and we won’t have any additional comment until we look into it,” Damn LIARS ! Arrest them all and throw them all in jail.

  11. Dr Pepper

    March 11, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Cortez is a sneaky snake who has taken a page out of Al Sharpton’s book on how NOT to pay taxes…Last I heard, he owed millions of dollars but seems to get a pass… I wonder WHY?

  12. Shari Early

    March 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

    She just keeps on coming up with one thing after another. A crook in the making. And for the idiot blasting Trump…he has accountants that handle everything for him and they are required to know the tax codes, any loop holes and deductions. He can’t be held liable for any infraction they might do. He would just pay what’s owed and move on. Anyone with any sense knows he pays thousands of people who also pay in taxes. AOC is a common crook that wants someone else to pay her way while she does nothing for anyone except herself.

  13. Carol

    March 11, 2019 at 11:53 am

    What goes around comes around , and bite you in the butt. Pay your own taxes.

  14. John Boyd

    March 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    She should be executed for tax evasion

    • bill

      March 11, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      Can you just imagine how hard mueller should be attacking cortez for the money she is laundering? I wonder why he isn’t after her butt.

  15. Fit2Btyed

    March 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    The low life idiots that voted this freaking socialist/communist into office should all be rounded up and have a frontal lobotomy. She is a hypocritical disgrace to this great country of ours.

  16. SFC D Monk

    March 11, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I think she is turning into the Jussie Smollett of the Democratic party. San Fran Nan better put a muzzle on this ?????.

  17. Guillermo

    March 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Stop reporting stories about her!

  18. Mary Johnson

    March 11, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I think it is rather funny all these Democrats that are calling for President Trump’s taxes are committing tax fraud themselves. Where is there punishment for their evasions. Where are the punishments for their crimes.

  19. fred

    March 11, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    super “bar room ” lawyer,,all bad information that’s beyond reality

  20. Joe

    March 11, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Call her what you will but at 3:00 in the morning she is still just a tarbender !

  21. Margie

    March 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Funny How Democrats scream “But Look At Them”
    When they get caught doing corrupt stuff, instead of
    Being Accountable for their own Crooked Deals!

    Communist Democrats are like little children when they get caught with their hand in the cookie jar!
    Too ignorant & immature to lead anything!

    Hey Communist Democrats “ What Have You Done To
    Improve My Life” Not 1 Damn Thing!!!
    Now you can’t even pay your Damn Taxes!

  22. Ginny

    March 11, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    If Lying, Cheating Neo-Nazi Democrats would pay their local, state & federal taxes, there would probably be enough money to Build The Wall!
    Many, many of them never pay their taxes and Obama has corrupted our depts. of government & IRS to the point
    That they never get prosecuted for being Tax Cheats!!!
    Obama Had Gone Down In History as being
    The Worst President America Has Ever Had!!
    Obama Hates America!
    The Neo-Nazi Communist Democrats are nothing but
    Cheats, Crooks & Liars!!
    Democrats haven’t done 1 Damn Thing To Improve My Life or Anyone Else’s.
    Conservative people have to register to vote and Vote
    These Lying Cheats Out Of Office!!

  23. Grace Joy

    March 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I thought she was a bartender.

    JusticeDemocrats were not voted in to be coaching her to push her ridiculous bills to destroy USA so they can become wealthy.

  24. J R

    March 12, 2019 at 5:08 am

    I’ve only this to say. She’s a hypocrite, and a fraud.

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