Picture someone with three open tax warrants with the state of New York for failing to withhold almost $15,000 in income taxes from employees’ paychecks. The person is in deeper trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, with over $100,000 in liens for a failure to remit that money. Then there’s a $1.6 million home in Los Angeles’ exclusive Hollywood Hills; the individual has owned it for a year and is already delinquent in property taxes by $2,504.
Two of the person’s landlords have alleged upwards of $30,000 unpaid rent liabilities at two business properties. Our subject faces a hefty fine for not carrying worker’s compensation insurance. A report from a major newspaper said former staffers described the business as “a sweatshop that relied on legions of unpaid interns working full-time jobs.” An employee who worked there said he company “was so hostile that I was afraid to ask for my check.”
You would likely think this person was one of the individuals whom Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was targeting when she wore her “Tax the Rich” dress to the Met Gala last week in New York City.
Instead, it’s the woman who designed the dress.
On Saturday, the New York Post reported that Aurora James — the designer behind a garment that somehow managed simultaneously to evoke both the politics of the French Revolution and the spirit of Marie Antoinette’s “let ’em eat cake” — isn’t particularly fond of giving Uncle Sam his due.