"I will found a UK professional institute for Perl practitioners but only if 10 other people will join it."
— Smylers, Perl Hacker
Deadline to sign up by: 1st December 2005
13 people signed up (3 over target)
Country: United Kingdom
Subscriptions to UK professional bodies are exempt from income tax. So if we found an institute for Perl programmers we have a tax-efficient way of raising money for the advancement of Perl knowledge.
Obviously it's only worth doing the hoop-jumping to set up such a body if people will join it. I'll put the effort in to set it up if 10 people will pledge to be members.
I envisage there being several different membership levels, for employees, sole traders, hobbyists, students, missionaries, and so on.
And it seems that some organizations will pay for their employees' subscriptions to professional bodies, so you may be able to get somebody else to pay for your membership!
The law on professional bodies:
The current list of bodies: