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David Cameron publishes personal tax returns amid Panama Papers row

Amid mounting pressure, UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday released his personal tax returns and ordered a new taskforce to probe tax-dodging allegations in a bid to defuse the Panama Papers row over his investment in his late father’s offshore business.

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Cameron, who became the first British leader to document his financial affairs due to the unprecedented move, paid almost 76,000 pounds in tax on an income of more than 200,000 pounds in 2014-15; figures released by the prime minister have shown.

Cameron, 49, earned 46,899 pounds from his 50 per cent share of rent on the London family home in Notting Hill, the three-page summary of the Prime Minister’s earnings since 2009 showed.

The disclosure comes hours after Cameron admitted that he could have handled the tax row arising out of the Panama Papers leak “better”, saying he will imminently publish details of his personal tax affairs. “I know there are lessons to learn and I will learn them,” he had said. He also announced a new taskforce to investigate tax-dodging allegations which is unlikely to spare him despite the confession.

The force will be led by the HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) tax authority and the National Crime Agency. The taskforce will investigate the leaked files to identify clients of the Panama firm suspected of money laundering and tax evasion and publish its findings later this year.

Cameron’s office confirmed he had received two gifts of about USD 160,000 each from his mother in 2011. That was the year after the prime minister’s father died and those gifts did not appear on his income tax returns. British newspapers questioned whether the gifts were an effort to avoid paying inheritance tax on his late father’s estate. Cameron’s office declined further comment on the gifts.

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