Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell have both published details of how much tax they pay. Where is Philip Hammond’s statement? [Image: Russell Cheyne / Reuters.]

One cannot help but be suspicious about the fuss over Jeremy Corbyn’s tax return.

Perhaps he refused to accept the bonus that would have been offered to him when he became leader of the Opposition in 2015. Perhaps he donated it to charity. We will have to see.

This Writer does not believe for one moment that Mr Corbyn misdeclared his earnings, for one very simple reason: He’s Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party. Any tax official with even an ounce of common sense would have known who he was and should have known what he was eligible to earn.

It is unfortunate that no explanation for the apparent discrepancy was forthcoming upon publication of the tax return, though.

That being said, where’s Philip Hammond’s tax return?

It’s all very well to criticise the details on a tax return that has been published, but what are we to make of the fact that Mr Hammond has refused – point blank – to publicise his own tax payments?

The Tory mantra – used so often on vulnerable poor people who they can bully with impunity – is “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”.

Clearly Mr Hammond fears publishing his taxes.

What is he trying to hide?

Jeremy Corbyn has published details of his tax return in an effort to force Tory Chancellor Phillip Hammond to do the same – but questions were being asked over whether he declared his full income as Labour leader.

The MP revealed he earned £114,342 in 2015-16, and paid £35,298 in tax, according to a summary of his tax affairs published on his website.

But the summary suggests he only declared just over £77,000 in salary and allowances and £36,000 in pensions income. Corbyn would be expected to earn around £150,000 when his pay for being party leader was included.

The move comes as Hammond has refused to publish details of his earnings ahead of this week’s Budget.

Labour thinks anyone earning more than £1 million should make details of their earnings available to help combat tax avoidance.

Hammond is one of the UK’s richest MPs, and reportedly had a net worth of £8.2 million in 2014. He made his money principally through nursing home development.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn Publishes Tax Return To Pile Pressure On Chancellor Philip Hammond

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