Dutch Court: Scientology is not a charity and doesn't get such tax advantages

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Dutch Court: Scientology is not a charity and doesn't get such tax advantages.

Trouw: Hof: Scientology is commercieel, niet een goed doel

http://www.trouw.nl/tr/nl/36383/Sci...ology-is-commercieel-niet-een-goed-doel.dhtml

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Court: Scientology is commercial, not charity

The Church of Scientology behaves so commercial that they do not belong on the charity list of the tax authorities. Unlike many other churches it is not primarily for the 'common good', so does the Court of The Hague ruled Wednesday. Its sales of expensive courses and therapy is clearly aimed at making profit.

The Dutch branch of the church must now her status as "public welfare institution (anbi) and return the associated tax benefits. That many other churches and religious societies do have some anbi status, due to their poor relief and other aid activities.

Scientology promises fans that they can get rid of special techniques of all mental blocks. Eventually Scientologists are "clear": a kind of carefree super people with a clear mind. The courses and therapy sessions that Scientologists working towards that goal, costs soon thousands of euros.

That's significantly more than the average school fees of commercial educational institutions, "the court ruled. If "secular" organizations such prices charge for their courses and training, "then this will be perceived by potential students as prizes for top education by top teachers in prime locations."

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Telegraaf: Fiscus wint cruciale rechtszaak tegen Scientology

http://www.telegraaf.nl/dft/nieuws_..._cruciale_rechtszaak_tegen_Scientology__.html

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Internal Revenue crucial wins lawsuit against Scientology

by Ariane Kleijwegt

The tax authorities booked a victory on the Church of Scientology in a long-running battle over whether these should be a public utility.

This emerged yesterday in a rare critical judgment of the Court in The Hague.

Ecclesiastical and religious institutions have traditionally assumed that they focus entirely on the public interest. They do for that reason to pay taxes on gifts and donations they receive.

Tax for particle

The Church of Scientology, a controversial religious community with roots in America, wanted to take advantage of that tax for particle but got the brush-off. The "church" then pulled out all the stops to still get her right to justice.

Discrimination obstacle to her freedom of religion. The Supreme Court, however, sent the case back to the Court for an extensive study in accounting. It now appears that Church of Scientology "considerable and fixed rates" for auditing and training "in prevailing degree of commercial nature".

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OutToe83

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YAY, NETHERLANDS!! If the Cherch starts their sue-happy strategy over there, what can we do to shine a light on it? I hope the rest of Europe takes notice.
 

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Drimble: Gerechtshof Den Haag: Scientology kerk is commercieel bedrijf

http://drimble.nl/regio/zuid-hollan...-scientology-kerk-is-commercieel-bedrijf.html

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Hague Court of Appeal: Church of Scientology is a commercial company

The Hague - The Church of Scientology behaves so commercial that they do not belong on the charity list of the tax authorities, reports the newspaper Trouw.

Sales of expensive courses and therapy is clearly aimed at making profit.

The Dutch branch has therefore no longer entitled to tax benefits.


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Tony Ortega has an explanation by Jonny Jacobsen.

http://tonyortega.org/2015/10/22/a-...o-grow-up-under-the-hubbard-spell/#more-26280

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Dutch once again find Scientology to be a commercial enterprise

In December, Jonny Jacobsen told us about a reversal for Scientology in the Netherlands, where the country’s supreme court overruled an appeals court, saying that Scientology did not deserve tax exempt status because it was a commercial enterprise.

Here’s what Jonny told us then: “SKA first applied to be considered a public benefit organization (or ANBI) in September 2007. The first court ruling on the bid, in April 2008, rejected the application, and a district court confirmed that ruling in July 2012 before the Haarlem Appeal Court saw things Scientology’s way in October 2013. Friday’s Supreme Court overturns that appeal court ruling and sends it back downstairs for a fresh look. This time around however, it will be the Appeal Court in The Hague that considers the matter.”

And now that appeals court in The Hague has also found that Scientology is a business, charging high rates, and shouldn’t qualify as a church with tax exempt status. This ruling can also be appealed, but it’s not clear if Scientology is going to do so.

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AnonyMary

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Dutch Court: Scientology is not a charity and doesn't get such tax advantages.
[..]Scientology promises fans that they can get rid of special techniques of all mental blocks. Eventually Scientologists are "clear": a kind of carefree super people with a clear mind. [..]

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