The leader of the Conservative Party has reached an agreement with the British tax authorities. But he did not share that information publicly. Sunak ordered an independent investigation
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was sacked from the government on Sunday following an investigation into Conservative Party leader Nadim Zahavi’s tax records, British media reported.
Sunak asked an independent consultant to investigate Zahavi’s tax records. The latter said that British tax authorities had determined that he had been “careless” with his income, but had not made a deliberate mistake in order to pay less tax.
According to the BBC, the investigation found that Zahavi did not declare that he was being investigated by tax authorities, taking into account the conflict of interest that arose when he took on government functions in Boris Johnson’s team when he became a minister. And he did not declare the fines to the tax authorities when he was appointed in the teams of Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.
Following the investigation, “it is clear that there has been a serious violation of the Ministerial Act,” Sunak wrote in a letter to Zahavi. He clarified: “Consequently, I am informing you of my decision to remove you from your position in the Hon’ble Government.”
Zahavi did not correct his tax records until last week, when he announced that he had reached an agreement with authorities, Reuters recalled.
The Conservative Party leader ordered an inquiry into Rishi Sunak Zahavi’s tax accounts after it emerged he had paid British tax authorities £5m in fines for unpaid taxes.
The prime minister, who promised “integrity, professionalism and accountability” in his government, was under pressure to remove Zahavi from the cabinet.
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