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Investigation into how Sunak’s wife’s tax status leaked ‘he hunts pro-labor officer’

Investigation into how Sunak's wife's tax status leaked 'he hunts pro-labor officer'

9 April 2022, 23:24 | Updated: 10 April 2022, 11:44

Rishi Sunak has moved his family out of Downing Street.

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An investigation has begun into how Rishi Sunak’s wife’s tax cases leaked as the Chancellor abandoned her Downing Street flat.

Akshata Murthy’s non-domicile status sparked controversy with critics considering her arrangement as unfair, especially with her husband in charge of public finances.

Faced with resentment towards her, she agreed to pay UK taxes on her foreign income – but now Whitehall is investigating how her position was made public through the media.

The Sunday Times said Mr Sunak’s team believes a Labor supporter working in government is behind it – giving him a “red throat”, a Watergate whistleblower-style nickname.

The removal van was spotted number 11 on Saturday, as the family packed their belongings and headed for their brand-new, luxury pad in Kensington.

According to The Mirror, the chancellor is expected to split his evening between the Downing Street flat and his family’s home, but continue to work from No.

The change of residence for the Chancellor is an unusual precedent and has raised questions about Mr. Sunak’s long-term future as minister.

Close aides have claimed Mr Sunak was set to resign this week amid criticism and investigations into his wife’s financial affairs.

Sources say the chancellor will walk away from politics to “protect the privacy of his family” and will launch an investigation into who leaked his wife’s tax details.

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The move comes after the family faced public opposition after it was revealed Mr Sunak held his green card as a ‘resident’ of the United States and the UK for more than a year after becoming chancellor. had enjoyed the status quo by de-doming Akshata Murthy. ,

In a dramatic U-turn, less than 48 hours after her non-domicile status was disclosed, Ms Murthy volunteered to pay UK income tax on her worldwide income, as required by law to do so. Despite not being.

She said she knew her tax regime was not in line with the “British spirit of fairness” in a statement released Friday evening.

She will retain her Indian citizenship and non-domicile status. Ms Murthy said it had become clear that “many do not find this compatible” with her husband’s role as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Read more: Chancellor Rishi Sunak admitted he had a US green card until last year because of deepening tax disputes

Nicola Sturgeon said the controversy over the tax situation of Rishi Sunak and his family showed how the Chancellor and his wife are in a “completely different universe in financial terms”, grappling with the woes of ordinary people. .

The Scottish First Minister said revelations about his wife’s finances had left Mr Sunak in a “very, very difficult” position.

Labor and the Liberal Democrats are now pressing for the millionaire to pay the taxes he saved through non-payment of UK taxes on his foreign income.

It is estimated that Ms Murthy, the daughter of a fashion designer and an Indian billionaire, potentially saved up to £20 million in UK tax through her non-domicile status.

He is reported to have a 0.91% stake in Infosys, the IT business founded by his father, and has received £11.6 million in dividends from the Indian firm over the past year.

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Non-DOM status means it will not have to pay UK tax on dividends at the rate of 39.35%.

India sets the rate at 20% for non-residents, but it could drop to 10% for those who are eligible to benefit from the UK’s tax treaty with India.

Labor has also questioned whether she would use her Indian citizenship and a 1950s treaty with Britain to avoid paying an inheritance tax – a move that could reportedly save tens of millions of pounds.

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