Belfast Telegraph

PM David Cameron insists he's 'relaxed' on tax returns

By Staff Reporter

David Cameron has insisted he remains "relaxed" about the prospect of publishing his tax returns, after Chancellor George Osborne said there were "no plans" to press ahead with the move.

Mr Osborne first floated the idea of publishing senior ministers' returns in 2012, amid a row over whether they benefited from his decision to cut the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p.

At the time, a source close to Mr Cameron said: "The Prime Minister is relaxed about the idea of the tax returns of senior Cabinet ministers being published but wants the opportunity to explore how this might work."

But the Chancellor's most recent comments have sparked speculation the proposal has been shelved, at least until after the general election in May.

Mr Cameron's official spokesman said "consideration" continued to be given by the Cabinet Office to whether a release should go ahead, but was unable to give details of when a decision could be expected.

Belfast Telegraph