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Farage gives ‘a big no’ to publishing tax returns

NIGEL FARAGE has given a “big no” to publishing his personal tax return amid public calls for transparency from all politicians in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.

The Ukip leader weighed into the row on Sunday evening, branding Prime Minister David Cameron an “outright hypocrite” for criticising comedian Jimmy Carr for tax avoidance.

But the self-styled man of the people ruled out publishing his tax return, insisting: “It’s a private thing. No. Big no!

“I’m worried where we are going with this. Actually, I think in this country what people earn is regarded as a private matter,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour.

Mr Farage admitted his tax adviser set up an offshore trust fund for him on the Isle of Man “as standard practice,” but insisted: “I decided I didn’t want it. I never ever used it. The Isle of Man is not a tax haven.”

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