Do businesses owned by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church pay tax?

Q: I’ve heard the brethren businesses don’t pay tax thereby giving them an unfair advantage over the competition?!

A: No, all businesses owned by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church pay all taxes as required by law in the jurisdiction in which they operate.

6 thoughts on “Do businesses owned by members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church pay tax?”

  1. Arthur says:

    Simon,
    Businesses owned by Plymouth Brethren members are in no way subsidised by charities and in fact have no competitive advantage on this account. It is open for any business to give to charity as many do – this is the prerogative of the business owner (s), obviously this does not give them any competitive advantage.

  2. Bensox says:

    Simon
    Bravo to the Brethren for defending hard won freedoms in the UK! They are spending this money because some Quango is spending vast amounts of tax payers money to stamp out Christian values and become a Religious & Political Police dept. ANY tax payer can claim Gift Aid (where the charity, not the donor, gets the tax refund) Their “competitive advantage” in business is known in rational circles as HARD WORK and HONESTY. Secularists are attacking Christianity on every front; individual employees, Catholic Adoption agencies, Christian Care homes – they want to deny the ‘option’ of people to live a Christian life. Well done PBCC for standing up to what is classical discrimination marching under the absurd banner of ‘politically correct’!

  3. jaydee says:

    I totally agree, Ali…how bizarre!

  4. Ali says:

    Isn’t it bizarre how myths like this get around – for starters, does anyone really think that HMRC would allow this to happen???!

    1. Simon says:

      So why are the Brethren spending 1.5 million to defend their charitable statues. The Brethren claims 25p for every £1 give to the charity. This is then used for their business which clearly has a competitive advantage.

    2. Llew says:

      Simon: what about the 75p in every £1 that they gave to charity?
      If what you put is true, for example:
      2 Businesses, ‘A’ and ‘B’ have £2000 in the bank.
      Business ‘A’ gives £1000 to a charity, claims £250 tax back. Bank balance = £1250,
      Business ‘B’ gives £0 to the charity, claims no tax back. Bank Balance = £2000
      Who has the competitive advantage???

      The Brethren defending their charitable statues has nothing to do with their Businesses

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