Why is David Cameron still refusing to publish his tax returns?

David Cameron is yet to publish his tax returns, nearly two years after he said he would make the information public.

In April 2012, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “The Prime Minister’s view on whether he would be content to publish his arrangements and those of other ministers is that he would be relaxed about that.

“His view is unchanged. He would be relaxed about doing so.”

However, his tax returns have not been published until now.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson told The Independent yesterday that Cameron still intends to publish his tax returns. However, he did not give a timescale for making the information public.

“The right thing is, as has been going on, for consideration to be given as to how that might be done.

“I think we do have a long-standing position around taxpayer confidentiality so these types of things need to be looked at,” he said.

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The news comes after Cameron defended Take That star Gary Barlow, saying his OBE shouldn’t be revoked amid tax avoidance claims.

Cameron told ITV’s Good Morning Britain yesterday: “Gary Barlow has done a huge amount for the country, he’s raised money for charity, he has done very well for Children in Need. The OBE was in respect of that work and what he has done. Clearly this scheme was wrong and it is right that they’re going to have to pay back the money.”

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