British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has paid more than a million pounds in UK tax over the past three years, according to details of his tax notices he released on Wednesday as he pledged to do so in concern for transparency.
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We learn in particular that the head of government declared more than 4.7 million pounds (7.8 million dollars) of taxable income during the last three fiscal years, including 1.9 million pounds for the last fiscal year (2021 -2022), which runs from April to April.
He paid in all over these three years 1,053,060 pounds sterling (nearly 1.8 million dollars) in taxes to the British tax authorities.
The Prime Minister, who had a career in finance before entering politics, promised last summer, as he campaigned to succeed Boris Johnson in Downing Street, that he would publish his tax notices.
Last year, when he was finance minister, he found himself at the heart of a controversy after the revelation by the press that his wealthy wife Akshata Murty, of Indian nationality, benefited from an advantageous tax status.
He had been exonerated from any violation of the ministerial code, but his wife had announced shortly after that she renounced this status, which allowed him to avoid paying taxes to the British tax authorities on his income received abroad.
Mr Sunak is one of the wealthiest members of Parliament and his fortune has often been targeted by the Labor opposition who blame the Prime Minister for being out of touch with the issues of the British in the midst of a cost of living crisis.
By publishing these statements, the Prime Minister seeks to translate into action his promise, made when he arrived in Downing Street at the end of October, to show “integrity, professionalism and responsibility”, especially after the succession of scandals under Boris Johnson.
The latter faced a parliamentary inquiry on Wednesday to establish whether he knowingly lied to Parliament about the parties organized in Downing Street in the midst of a pandemic.