WASHINGTON — Boris Johnson has the unique ability to be ridiculous and charming at the same time. The London mayor and his inexplicable haircut can offend entire cities, get stuck on zip lines in front of crowds of journalists and be sacked from government for lying about an affair (“an inverted pyramid of piffle,” he claimed), yet still somehow end up one of Britain’s most important and beloved politicians. Many think he will be prime minister sooner or later.
However, Johnson’s charm may well fall flat with one organization: The Internal Revenue Service.
The mayor’s dispute with American tax-collectors was brought to light recently when he traveled to the United States and did a blitz of interviews with the American news media. While talking to WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show, Johnson explained that the U.S. government was forcing him to pay the capital gains tax on the sale of his Islington…
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