Do Monks Pay Taxes?

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And nuns??

Even the Quoon has to pay tax but what about members of closeted religious orders? I suppose if they don't it's because they will have no incomes to be taxed on and their donations are classed as charitable... but what about trendy "Street Nuns" like in SISTER ACT (1 and 2: Back In the Habit)?

I have done no self-assement tax form! I hope I am not supposed to!

Other qn: I am glad I do not need an accountant (haha perhaps my bank manager wd disagree).

I like the word "monk".

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 23 January 2003 14:47 (twenty years ago) link

I vaguely remember a "and finally" news item about this during all those poll tax shenanigans. Wasn't it that some cheeky fellow had set up his own religious order because members of religious orders were not required to pay taxes?

smee (smee), Thursday, 23 January 2003 14:52 (twenty years ago) link

i think that's the case in the US at least.

Maria (Maria), Thursday, 23 January 2003 14:53 (twenty years ago) link

what about the monks who make beer? (do they all make beer?)

geeta, Thursday, 23 January 2003 14:56 (twenty years ago) link

Nope some of them make Tonic Wine and ship it to Glasgow to fuel the Neds.

smee (smee), Thursday, 23 January 2003 14:58 (twenty years ago) link

Belgian ones do! They are TRAPPISTS, but have they evaded the TRAP (ho ho DYS) of thee taxation laws? I do wonder!

Sarah (starry), Thursday, 23 January 2003 14:58 (twenty years ago) link

In Ireland they're liable for tax but 'earn' such a pittance that in reality they contribute nothing (beyond their charitable good work in the community).

Contributions to the church/religious order aren't taxable but once they are paid as 'salary' to a priest/nun/monk income tax can be applied.

Fascinating, huh?

Who/what is the Quoon?

Lara (Lara), Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:04 (twenty years ago) link

Belgian ones do!

yes, but they make Chimay Rouge et Bleu. So they are (Trap)pist.

MarkH (MarkH), Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:23 (twenty years ago) link

Sarah, you need not do a self assessment form unless you are self employed or have significant "other" earnings (ie freelance mularky). Don't worry.

Pete (Pete), Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:28 (twenty years ago) link

Hor Majosty tho Quoon? (is that the 2 Ronnies?)

And thank you Ptee for the self-assessment advice. I was vaguely worried about that too.

Sam (chirombo), Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:31 (twenty years ago) link

the monky and the trap!

mark s (mark s), Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:32 (twenty years ago) link

FUndamentally you only need to do a self assessment form if they've sent you one. I assume Sarah's tax is all PAYE.

Pete (Pete), Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:35 (twenty years ago) link

(self assessment suxx you are all PAYE)

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 23 January 2003 15:54 (twenty years ago) link

I'm PAYE, and the upshot of my self-assessment bollocks this year is that I owe the taxman £523. Fuck knows how that works.

SittingPretty (sittingpretty), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:01 (twenty years ago) link

Eh? I thought you didn't do Self assessment if you PAYE'd?

smee (smee), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:29 (twenty years ago) link

Nope some of them make Tonic Wine and ship it to Glasgow to fuel the Neds.

Can't I ask for something of higher quality?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:30 (twenty years ago) link

I saw a monk today. He had a big beard and a lovely coat. Everyone around here has lovely coats. Yay Oxford.

Graham (graham), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:32 (twenty years ago) link

Ned - I'm afraid if you come to Glasgow you will have to drink Buckfast with the rest of the neds, sorry.

smee (smee), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:33 (twenty years ago) link

Maybe I can be their Pied Piper and lead them onto the joys of something else.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:49 (twenty years ago) link

Be my guest, lead them far far away while you're at it will ya?

smee (smee), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:50 (twenty years ago) link

Into the firth we go.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:51 (twenty years ago) link

Do monkeys pay taxes?

Graham (graham), Thursday, 23 January 2003 16:53 (twenty years ago) link

Do taxis pay monks?

Mark C (Mark C), Thursday, 23 January 2003 20:13 (twenty years ago) link


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