Sunak paid half a million pounds in tax last year, according to his tax returns | Politics News

Rishi Sunak has published his personal tax return, showing he paid more than half a million pounds in UK tax last year.

The summary of the prime minister’s tax affairs was slipped out on Friday afternoon as parliament was in recess.

The document shows he paid a tax bill of £508,308 in the financial year 2022-23 – around £75,000 more than what he paid in the previous year.

Mr Sunak made nearly £1.8 million through capital gains – up from £1.6 million in 2021/22 – as well as £293,407 in other interest and dividends.

Rishi Sunak's tax return. Source: screenshot of UK government document
Rishi Sunak’s tax return. Source: screenshot of UK government document

All of the investment income and capital gains came from a US-based investment fund listed as a blind trust, according to the summary.

He also earned £139,477 from his roles as an MP and prime minister.

Rather than a full tax return, Number 10 published “a summary” of Mr Sunak’s UK taxable income, capital gains and tax paid over the last tax year as reported to HM Revenue & Customs, prepared by accountancy service Evelyn Partners.

A summary of his tax affairs for the year 2021/22 was also published last March, showing the prime minister paid £432,493 in taxes that year.

Mr Sunak first said he would publish his tax returns during his unsuccessful campaign to be Tory leader against Liz Truss in the summer of 2022.

The prime minister is thought to be one of the richest MPs in parliament and his personal wealth has long been used by opponents to attack him as being “out of touch”.

Pressure started piling on Mr Sunak while he was chancellor, after it emerged his wife Akshata Murty, who is the daughter of an Indian billionaire, had non-dom status – meaning she did not have to pay UK tax on her international income.

The calls for the prime minister to release his tax details then grew louder following the controversy around Nadhim Zahawi, who was sacked as Tory Party chairman in January 2023 after he failed to disclose millions of pounds in tax.

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