Published December 20, 2015
A business owned by a Democratic House candidate who frequently touts his private sector experience was hit with a tax warrant in 2008 for a failure to pay more than a hundred thousand dollars in New York state taxes.
The warrant reveals that Urban Rustic, a Brooklyn “craft foods store” owned by congressional candidate Aaron Woolf, owed the state $131,734.93 in back taxes, penalties, and interest from 2005 to 2007.
The office of the state’s Commissioner of Taxation and Finance served the warrant in January 2008. The firm settled the debts more than a year later.
The warrant refers to articles 28 and 29 of the New York State tax code, which deal with sales taxes.
Woolf has pointed to Urban Rustic as an example of him “championing small business,” and tried to tie its operations in New York City to the upstate district that he is running to represent.