Designer of AOC’s ‘Tax the Rich’ Met Gala Dress Doesn’t Even Pay Her Own Taxes!

The 37-year-old fashion designer behind Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s controversial “Tax the Rich” dress she wore to the Met Gala apparently pays no taxes and has debt in multiple states.

Aurora James said the dress sent a “powerful message,” but her own back taxes seem to show she wasn’t taking it to heart. The successful designer’s debts are largely owed by an LLC she founded in 2011 – Cultural Brokerage Agency – to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, Brother Vellies.

According to the New York PostWhen Beyonce, Rihanna and Meghan Markle became favorites with James’ luxury brand, the company collected three outstanding New York state tax orders for failing to withhold income tax on paychecks totaling $14,798.

The Treasury Department 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 — on the LLC in the amount of $103,220. According to the post, the liens noted that the company had failed to send payroll taxes for the employees.

Aurora James (left), 37, said the controversial dress she designed for Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) to attend the Met Gala sent a “powerful message,” but her own back tax returns show she isn’t. took to heart

When Beyonce, Rihanna and Meghan Markle became fan favorites of James' luxury brand Brother Vellies, the company collected three outstanding New York state tax orders for not withholding income tax on paychecks totaling $14,798.

When Beyonce, Rihanna and Meghan Markle became fan favorites of James’ luxury brand Brother Vellies, the company collected three outstanding New York state tax orders for not withholding income tax on paychecks totaling $14,798.

The IRS has rejected The Post’s request for comment.

However, the Canadian has proven she has no problem taking taxpayers’ money as her company received $41,666 in pandemic relief, according to The Post.

Perhaps that’s why AOC called James a “working class” designer in an interview with Fashion as they made waves on The Met’s red carpet.

AOC, the 31-year-old socialist arsonist, has been charged with wearing the dress with socialist slogans at a $35,000-per-ticket event, even though she was given a free ticket to the glitzy gala.

Despite James’s tax concerns, in September 2020 the designer was still able to purchase a $1.6 million Hollywood Hills home — which The Post reported currently owes $2,504 in property taxes.

The 7,095-square-foot property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace in the master bedroom, and a whirlpool tub in the backyard.

Cultural Brokerage Agency’s problems are said to run deeper, also accusing the company of not paying benefits to which its employees are entitled.

In October 2019, the Worker’s Compensation Board fined the company $17,000 for not having employee insurance — which pays out when an employee is injured on the job and forced to leave as a result — from March 2017 to February 2018.

David Cenedella, a tax educator at Baruch College, explains, “Just because they deduct it from your paycheck doesn’t mean they send it to the government.

“It’s definitely not something you want. I wouldn’t say your average company has this. Something went wrong.’

AOC labeled James a 'working class' designer at the Met Gala, but oddly, James bought a $1.6 million house in Hollywood Hills in September 2020.

AOC labeled James a ‘working class’ designer at the Met Gala, but oddly, James bought a $1.6 million house in Hollywood Hills in September 2020.

She reportedly still owes $2,504 in property taxes on the property

She reportedly still owes $2,504 in property taxes on the property

The 7,095-square-foot property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace in the master bedroom, and a whirlpool tub in the backyard.

The 7,095-square-foot property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace in the master bedroom, and a whirlpool tub in the backyard.

An ex-employee said James would ask her to do things outside of someone's job description, such as scheduling her gynecology appointments, and a former intern called the boss

An ex-employee said James would ask her to do things outside of someone’s job description, such as scheduling her gynecology appointments, and a former intern called the boss “pretty cold.”

But that hasn’t phased James, who hasn’t made any payment of the $62,722 she owes the board, a spokesperson told The Post.

Ex-employees have likened Brother Veillies to a sweatshop that relies heavily on unpaid interns in full-time jobs.

A former employee, who was fired, told The Post: “I suffered a lot of bullying when I worked for her. Aurora asked me to do things that weren’t in someone’s job description, like schedule her gynecology appointments.

“The work environment was so hostile that I was afraid to ask for my check.”

An intern who also worked for James called her “pretty cold.”

“She never gives credit or credit to her team,” he said.

According to records, she also does not pay her rent. In August 2020, James’ landlord filed papers to evict Brother Vellies from their location at 71 Franklin Street in Brooklyn, New York, demanding more than $25,000 plus interest for stays after the end of her lease, The Post reported.

The matter was settled, but the details of the settlement were not immediately clear.

Two years earlier, in February 2018, James was charged with more than $5,000 in unpaid rent at the previous address of her New York City store at 209 West 38th Street.

James has not yet commented on the allegations surrounding her finances.

According to records, she also does not pay her rent.  In August 2020, James' landlord filed papers to evict Brother Vellies from their Brooklyn location, demanding more than $25,000.  Two years earlier, in February 2018, James was sued for more than $5,000 in unpaid rent at the previous address of her Manhattan store.

According to records, she also does not pay her rent. In August 2020, James’ landlord filed papers to evict Brother Vellies from their Brooklyn location, demanding more than $25,000. Two years earlier, in February 2018, James was sued for more than $5,000 in unpaid rent at the previous address of her Manhattan store.

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