Avoidance of simony and income tax

New legal advice clarifies that Common Tenure has resolved this potential problem

In January 2019, the Church of England General Synod Legal Advice Commission issued new advice Appointment of incumbent on non-stipendiary basis which updated its earlier opinion Clergy: non-stipendiary ministers: appointment as incumbents; in this, the Commission had identified a number of legal difficulties that arose where it was proposed to appoint a priest as an incumbent on the basis that he or she would not receive a stipend or any other profits of the benefice.

The principal difficulties identified by the Commission in 2001 were:  Continue reading