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Leveraging a position

London mayor Boris Johnson should have used his recent predicament to highlight the US's unusual approach to worldwide taxation, believes Kate Davies

17 February 2015

Boris Johnson and attention-grabbing headlines are no strangers to each other.
In 2012, he was left dangling
20 feet in the air above a crowd of people when he became stuck on a zip line during the London Olympic celebrations. And, just a few weeks ago, he spontaneously broke into song in support of the ‘Save Soho’ movement.

So, it came as no surprise that, when Johnson was asked last year whether he was going to pay the US taxes he owed on
the gain he made from the
sale of his family home in north London, his response was:
“No, is the answer. I think it’s absolutely outrageous. Why should I? I haven’t lived in the United States since I was five years old.”

Dual citizenship

Johnson was born in New York and is a dual US and UK citizen.
America taxes its citizens on their wor...

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