NICOLA Sturgeon has published six years' worth of tax returns covering her current term as Scotland's First Minister.

The SNP published eight separate taxation documents for the FM on Monday morning, the return for 2014/15 had previously been published, with a challenge to the Prime Minister to follow suit.

It comes as the tax returns were temporarily removed from the SNP's website after the party accidentally shared details of the FM's bank accounts. 

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Rishi Sunak said last week that his tax returns would be published "shortly" and claimed they were being "prepared" in an interview with Piers Morgan. 

The documents show that Sturgeon only receives a salary as an MSP and First Minister.

The FM pays tax on her full salary, but this is still at the level for 2008/9 as she has repeatedly refused pay rises.

The returns for 2021/22  and 2020/21 showed the FM was given £140,496 and subsequently paid back £51,237 in tax.

The SNP said Sturgeon returns around £27,000 worth of her salary back into the system to pay for services.

“The balance is automatically paid by the Scottish Parliament to the Scottish Government for use in general public spending,” the SNP said.

“Since the start of the voluntary pay freeze on 1 April 2009, Scottish Ministers have made over £1.3 million (to 31 March 2022) available for public spending from their own pay packets,” they added.

It comes after the First Minister was challenged to publish her tax returns after a previous commitment to release them each year.

During a press conference in Edinburgh two weeks ago, Sturgeon was challenged by journalists to publish the financial information, having pledged to publish her tax returns annually in 2016.

The FM said she had “other things to deal with over recent years”, in a nod to the pandemic before committing to publish the papers.

Sturgeon said in a statement following their publication: "I previously committed to being open and transparent to the people of Scotland about my own earnings. Today's publication makes good on that commitment.

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"These documents show clearly that my sole source of income is my job as First Minister - the office which I have the immense privilege of holding.

"I hope other party leaders  - including the Prime Minister - will follow suit in an effort to promote transparency in public office."

The FM later extended her challenge to Scottish Tories leader Douglas Ross and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar at a press conference on Monday

The National: The FM also challenged Scots Tory leader Douglas Ross to release his tax returnsThe FM also challenged Scots Tory leader Douglas Ross to release his tax returns

She told journalists: “I understand Rishi Sunak has said previously that he will publish his tax returns. I would anticipate and expect that he would do that.

"In terms of Douglas Ross and Anas Sarwar - yes, I think they should publish the tax returns as well. 

“The reason I'm doing this today is I made a commitment to do it. Many of you asked me about it last time I stood here and I think it does help with transparency. 

“And I think other party leaders in the Scottish Parliament and indeed in Westminster should follow suit.”