> > 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.) David.