Politics latest news: Sir Keir Starmer to publish tax return today after Rishi Sunak’s release
Sir Keir Starmer has announced he is intending to publish his tax return later on today after Rishi Sunak published his yesterday.
Answering questions after delivering a speech in Stoke-on-Trent this morning, the Labour leader said: “Let me deal with the question of my tax returns now the Prime Minister has published his, I will publish mine, I hope to be able to do that later on today, so that is very, very straight forward.
“I am glad the Prime Minister has published his tax returns. I think that is the right thing to do. Others will obviously analyse those returns.
“But I do think there is a wider point about choices here and I would say this before or after he published his tax returns which is the choices they make on tax and the tax system are obvious. They always go after working people.”
Mr Sunak’s tax return showed he earned almost £4.8 million in just three years but analysis suggested he paid an effective tax rate of 22 per cent.
The bulk of the Prime Minister’s multi-million pound income came from capital gains, dividends and interest on a “single US-based investment fund”, held in a blind trust.
In total, he earned just under £4.4m in capital gains and dividends in the past three tax years in addition to his ministerial salary over the same period of £410,951, paying UK tax of £1 million – equivalent to 22 per cent.
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