Google tax row: McDonnell publishes his tax return and challenges Osborne to do the same

John McDonnell’s tax return.

This could be very embarrassing for our tax avoidance-loving Chancellor.

Here’s what Mr McDonnell – Osborne’s shadow in the House of Commons – has to say:

Since the Chancellor tweeted that the tax deal he struck with Google was a “major success” – despite potentially meaning an effective tax rate of around three per cent when most small businesses pay 20 per cent – many taxpayers will now be feeling angry when they fill in their forms.

When I heard about the Google tax deal, I immediately called for full disclosure and transparency of the deal, but George Osborne has refused.

Then the Prime Minister refused to support his Chancellor’s view that it was a “major success”.

This led to George Osborne spending the past week in hiding.

The Chancellor, the politician with sole responsibility for setting taxation, should be open and transparent about their own income.

That is why in the spirit of the “New Politics” I have taken the decision to publish my personal tax returns.

And I will do so every year while I seek to be and hopefully one day become Chancellor.

I think it is only fair that politicians set a good example. Especially those charged with or those who aspire to oversee the nations finances.

Source: ‘I’ll publish my tax returns and now it’s George Osborne’s turn to be transparent’ – John McDonnell – Mirror Online

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


6 thoughts on “Google tax row: McDonnell publishes his tax return and challenges Osborne to do the same

  1. Claire

    Well that’s going to go down like a lead balloon with the current Chancellor considering Osbourn & Little haven’t pay
    ed any UK tax in over ten years.

  2. stephen brophy

    George Osborne family business avoided tax payments, so there no chance in hell he’ll publish his tax returns!

  3. Dez

    Nice touch…..cannot get any more transparent than that. Come on then your Ossie lets see the colour of your tax money…..and some of your mates as well would be even more interesting.

Comments are closed.