> > I belive this was because the year followed the taxation cycle of the
> > government whereas the day+month followed the religiously inherited
> > tradtion.

> Indeed.  For that matter, the start of the U.K. tax year was left alone
> when the calendar changed, and is now 6 April (it should be 7 April,
> but for whatever reason no adjustment for 1900 was made).

Unsurprisingly, Ireland originally followed the UK tax year. However,
in 2000 the tax year ran from April 6 until December 31. Since then
our tax year is in sync with the calendar year.

(I guess this is a recent example of calendar reform that went
relatively smoothly.)


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