Annats, Or Annates, originally certain funds which by ecclesiastical law were paid by a new incumbent of a church living to the pope or bishop. As the name indicates, they amounted to the first year's stipend from the living, and were required in one instalment, but were afterward paid in two. In England they were at first paid to the archbishop of Canterbury; the popes afterward appropriated them. The English parliament in 1532 bestowed them on the crown, but Queen Anne restored them to the church, for the support of the poorer livings, whence they have been called Queen Anne's bounty. In Germany annats are synonymous with the servitia, an early form of taxation in the western church.