Sage Sunak’s wife Akshata Murthy “will always pay UK tax on all her UK income”, her spokeswoman said after a report that she claimed non-residential status.
The Independent says Mrs Murthy used the status to save her tax bill in April 2020 while her husband was already chancellor.
Mrs. Murthy, of Indian descent, is the daughter of Narayan Murthy, the millionaire co-founder of tech giant Infosys – and has a 0.9% stake in the multi-million dollar company, according to her most recent annual report.
His spokesperson said: “Akshata Murthy is a citizen of India, the country of his birth and the home of his parents.
“India does not allow its citizens to hold the citizenship of another country at the same time.
“Thus, under British law, Mrs Murthy is considered a non-resident for UK tax purposes.
“He will always continue to pay UK tax on all his UK income and will continue to do so.”
Sky News understands that the Treasury was already aware of Mrs. Murthy’s tax status and that she pays foreign taxes on her foreign income.
Miss Murthy’s financial scrutiny has intensified since the Ukraine invasion because Infosys initially maintained a presence in Russia – before announcing that, like other multinational companies, it was Get out.
Tulip Siddique, the economic secretary of the Treasury’s shadow labor force, said: “The Chancellor has imposed a tax increase on the British people.
“It’s amazing that – at the same time – his family could benefit from the tax reduction project.”
“Sage Sunak now urgently needs to explain how much he and his family have saved on their own tax bills at the same time he has levied taxes on millions of working families.”
Before the labor leader Sir Care Starmer Requested the Chancellor The UK wants to “clear up” whether his family has benefited from any money from Russia while imposing sanctions on the Kremlin.
The chancellor’s popularity has plummeted
Mr Sunak, focusing on his wife, told the BBC last week that it was “very annoying” and compared himself to actor Will Smith, who reacted angrily to ridicule his wife at the Oscars.
Asked last month by Sky News if his family was going against the advice given to the agencies about its connection to Russia, he said: “I am an elected politician, and I am here to talk to you about what I am responsible for. I don’t have a wife. “
He said he had nothing to do with the company.
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The latest revelations come on the same day as a YouGov poll shows that the chancellor’s popularity has plummeted since his spring statement, dropping Sir Carey’s popularity for the first time since he became leader.
Mr Sunak has been accused of failing to do enough to tackle the crisis of life, fueling rising fuel prices and exacerbating the effects of the Ukraine war.
This week, Sky News revealed that the Chancellor has Has donated more than £ 100,000 to his old boarding school Winchester College – one of the most expensive private schools in the country.