THIS is how to make the IRS re-examine Scientology’s tax exempt status

CommunicatorIC

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THIS is how to make the IRS re-examine Scientology’s tax exempt status.

Tony Ortega: If you want the IRS to re-examine Scientology’s tax exempt status, it’s time to get real

http://tonyortega.org/2015/04/13/if...xempt-status-its-time-to-get-real/#more-21822

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Jeffrey Augustine has been investigating this, and sent us a primer on how to complain about Scientology’s activities to the IRS. And hey, if you follow his suggestions, it just might take some of the pain out of that other thing you procrastinators are sending in to the IRS this week.

Jeff found, for example, this happy language from the government about how it really, really wants to hear from you! “Go ahead and complain. The Internal Revenue Service is all ears — particularly about complaints alleging any abuse of the tax-exempt status granted to a non-profit organization,” says an agency information sheet.

He recommends that you grab a copy of the official form the IRS wants you to use to submit a referral (which is IRS lingo for a complaint).

“The IRS Form 13909 is a one-page form that allows anyone — you don’t have to be an American citizen — to report the Church of Scientology and its related tax exempt entities for abuses of tax exemption. Sections 1 and 2 ask for basic information,” Jeff says. And he’s supplied this information to help you fill out those first two sections. Choose your favorite Scientology entity to drop a dime on!
Church of Scientology International –- EIN 59-2153393
6331 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1100
Hollywood, CA 90028

Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization — EIN 59-2143308
210 S. Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, Florida 33756-5109

Church of Scientology Flag Ship Service Organization — EIN 98-0133545
118 North Fort Harrison
Clearwater, Florida 34615

US IAS Members Trust — EIN 52-1840679
1311 New Hampshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Church Of Scientology Religious Trust — EIN 91-6254980
6331 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1011
Hollywood, CA 90028
After you’ve filled in that basic info, here’s what the next section of the form looks like…

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Now, which of these boxes should you select? We think you can confidently check the first three, and the second to last, about deceptive fundraising. And Jeff supplied the following examples that you can select from for the next section, where you’re asked to supply a “Description of activities.”
Examples of Scientology using 501(c)(3) tax-exempt funds to engage in systematic violations of public policy:

— Paying attorneys to hire private investigators for the purposes of engaging in systematic acts of spying, harassment, and terroristic intimidation directed against former members of the Church, critics, journalists, and filmmakers who expose church abuses. Private investigators are paid tax-exempt funds to follow, photograph, and collect data on their “targets” and report this information back to the church. This is part of a Church of Scientology conspiracy to attack, intimidate, silence, and destroy these people.

— Paying attorneys to hire private investigators who then illegally purchase the phone records of former members of the church, critics, journalists, and filmmakers who expose church abuses. This illegal invasion of privacy is done in order to have Scientology-paid private eyes track the calls and contacts of former members of the church, critics, journalists, and filmmakers.

— Using illegal means to obtain the flight and other travel information of former members of the church, critics, journalists, and filmmakers in order to stalk and harass them.

— Making public the contents of private confessional data of former Scientologists in an attempt to smear, impugn, and humiliate former members who speak out against the abuses of the Church.

— The Church of Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs pays tax exempt dollars to hire writers, videographers, and social media specialists to create false, defamatory, malicious, and deceptive propaganda in the form of hate websites and publications. This malicious content is directed against former members of the church, critics, journalists, filmmakers, and others who publicly expose Church of Scientology abuses.

— Paying for Google ad campaigns to promote Scientology’s malicious hate websites and smear campaigns directed against former members of the church and critics, journalists, and filmmakers who expose church abuses

— Spending millions of dollars on lawyers to defend David Miscavige and the church from the legal consequences arising from their own illegality.

— Deceptive and misleading fundraising activities to gather funds to “defend the Scientology religion” which are really meant to fund David Misavige as he spies on former church members, critics, people in the media, and even his own father.

Write up your report, include any relevant documents, and add your personal information. “You may wish to check the box marked ‘I am concerned that I might face retaliation or retribution if my identity is disclosed’ if you have concerns about Scientology retaliation,” Jeff tells us.

You can send in your report by email as a PDF to [email protected], or fax it to 214-413-5415, or mail it to IRS EO Classification, Mail Code 4910DAL, 1100 Commerce Street, Dallas TX 75242-1198

“You can also write letters to the Ms. Tamera Ripperda, Director of Exempt Organizations, IRS. She is located at 1111 Constitution Avenue, Washington D.C. 20224,” Jeff says.



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IRS: Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13909.pdf
 
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CommunicatorIC

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Mike Rinder: Scientology Tax Exemption

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/scientology-tax-exemption/

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If you have not done so already, head over to Tony Ortega’s site and read his posting about Scientology’s Tax Exempt status.

Prompted by the OpEd piece Alex Gibney wrote in the LA Times, and with some excellent advice from Jeffrey Augustine, it lays out what you can do that is most likely to be EFFECTIVE in changing the way the US Government is allowing its citizens to subsidize Miscavige paying PI’s $10,000 a WEEK to follow and spy on his father.

The direction about complaining directly to the IRS supplements my recommendation to contact your elected representatives.

If you want to DO something to change the situation, these are exact steps you can take that are FAR more likely to achieve something than signing a “petition.”

People are quite rightly outraged that this “church” is abusing people with tax free money.

Many voices raised in protest can change that. So, if you have the opportunity, add your voice to the choir.

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EDITED TO ADD:

I agree with what Mike said that I emphasized in bold red. Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive. One can sign a petition and also do the work of filling out and submitting a Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form.
 
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Veda

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I notice that Mike Rinder placed Church in quotes in at least one instance.

Is that a sign that his de-conditioning is continuing or merely a typo?

Filing complaints with the IRS is good.

However there is a greater strategy that involves educating the public and elected officials, not only about the use of taxpayer money for activities not in the public interest, but also about the shady IRS deal of 1993, and also about Scientology's use of religion as a disguise to conceal and distract from the reality of it being an irreligious commercial enterprise and a Destructive Cult.

This strategy addresses the public and their representatives.

Arguing that the Scientology organization is an authentic religious organization is self defeating. It is also a lie.
 

CommunicatorIC

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I notice that Mike Rinder placed Church in quotes in at least one instance.

Is that a sign that his de-conditioning is continuing or merely a typo?
It is not a typo. Mike has been demonstrating this attitude for quite awhile now.
Filing complaints with the IRS is good.

However there is a greater strategy that involves educating the public and elected officials, not only about the use of taxpayer money for activities not in the public interest, but also about the shady IRS deal of 1993, and also about Scientology's use of religion as a disguise to conceal and distract from the reality of it being a irreligious commercial enterprise and a Destructive Cult.

This strategy addresses the public and their representatives.
I vehemently disagree that such strategy, while helpful and perhaps even necessary, is a "greater strategy." It it is undoubtedly helpful, may be necessary, but by itself will very likely not be sufficient. Complaints, according the the applicable law, statutes and regulations, are necessary. They area also, unfortunately, work.

I do not, for example, object to the current Petition to the White House to revoke Scientology's tax-exempt status, but anyone who thinks Scientology's tax exempt status is going to be revoked as a direct result of that petition (e.g., a White House response of, "Yup, all of you guys are right, Scientology's tax exempt status is hereby revoked.") is ignorant, stupid or delusional. The petition may be good PR, but any response will undoubtedly reference the rule of law, the applicable law, statutes and regulations, and may even link to the very Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form I am attempting to promote here.

Perhaps among other things, what is needed are complaints and evidence submitted in the proper way to the proper authority demonstrating that the Church of Scientology is violating the law and/or public policy applicable to tax-exempt organizations. That is what the Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form is for.
 
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Veda

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It is not a typo. Mike has been demonstrating this attitude for quite awhile now.I vehemently disagree that such strategy, while helpful and perhaps even necessary, is a "greater strategy." It it is undoubtedly helpful, may be necessary, but by itself will very likely not be sufficient. Complaints, according the the applicable law, statutes and regulations, are necessary. They area also, unfortunately, work.

I do not, for example, object to the current Petition to the White House to revoke Scientology's tax-exempt status, but anyone who thinks Scientology's tax exempt status is going to be revoked as a direct result of that petition (e.g., a White House response of, "Yup, all of you guys are right, Scientology's tax exempt status is hereby revoked.") is ignorant, stupid or delusional. The petition may be good PR, but any response will undoubtedly reference the rule of law, the applicable law, statutes and regulations, and may even link to the very Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form I am attempting to promote here.

Perhaps among other things, what is needed are complaints and evidence submitted in the proper way to the proper authority demonstrating that the Church of Scientology is violating the law and/or public policy applicable to tax-exempt organizations. That is what the Tax-Exempt Organization Complaint (Referral) Form is for.

You misunderstand. The idea of complaining to the IRS - and filling out their forms properly, etc. - is a good idea.

But it's not enough.

But it's worth a try.

However, without the greater strategy - described earlier - it's not likely much will change.
 

CommunicatorIC

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You misunderstand. The idea of complaining to the IRS - and filling out their forms properly, etc. - is a good idea.

But it's not enough.

But it's worth a try.

However, without the greater strategy - described earlier - it's not likely much will change.
You are right, I did misunderstand. To be more precise, I had an MU. To be even more precise, I used a substitute definition. :coolwink: I read "greater" as meaning "better," where as you meant it (i.e., think) as broader or more encompassing.

I agree that proper complaints to the IRS, PR, political pressure, etc., as all required.
 

Northern Shewolf

Patron Meritorious
By all means the public needs educating, it is too easy to set-up your brinchabranch thingy you claim as your religion. Particularly in America, the land of plenty, new crops every year since Joseph Smith.....
Strategies will emerge as folks get to understand how predatory and murderous $ciloonery truly is, do anything one can do to advance the demise of this kult is a plus in my book.
Shewolf.
 

DeeAnna

Patron Meritorious
It is easy enough to fill out the official IRS complaint and email it. Then write a short note to each of your Congressional representatives and tell them you are writing them to complain, having just officially complained to the IRS.

Find your Congressional representatives here by entering your zipcode:
https://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
 

tetloj

Silver Meritorious Patron
Some other entitites (thanks to PickAnotherID, Chuckicita and from the Bunker)

EIN: 954188814
Association for Better Living & Education International (ABLE)
7065 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

EIN: 980136012
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTOLOGISTS
% SAINT HILL MANOR
SUSSEX RH194JY ENGLAND
Ruling Date: 19931021

EIN: 980136014
FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONS
4751 FOUNTAIN AVE LOS ANGELES CA 90029-1712
Ruling Date: 19931021
DBA: IAS ADMINISTRATIONS

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SERVICESPhysical Address:6331 Hollywood Blvd Ste 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90028 EIN:95-4119525Ruling Year:1993

From the IRS's perspective, AOLA is a sub-entity of:
EIN: 952697641
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY WESTERN UNITED STATES
1308 L RON HUBBARD WAY
LOS ANGELES, CA 90027-5902
 
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tetloj

Silver Meritorious Patron
Religious Technology Centre (RTC)
1710 Ivar Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90028
EIN: 93-0801236
 

ThetanExterior

Gold Meritorious Patron
In Jenna Miscavige Hill's book: "Beyond Belief" on p221 she talks about the Lisa McPherson case:

"Later on after the criminal charges against the Church were dropped, it was explained to Scientologists by my Uncle Dave that a conviction in this case would have endangered the Church's tax-exempt status, and thus its hold on the copyrights themselves, which would have been catastrophic to the Church."

So I would imagine that any talk of threatening their tax exempt status again will be another problem for Uncle Dave to worry about. As if he hasn't got enough on his plate already.:melodramatic:
 

Veda

Sponsor
Some background

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By all means the public needs educating, it is too easy to set-up your brinchabranch thingy you claim as your religion.

-snip-

This is true, but that involves broadly changing the laws.

A simpler step is an educational one and is appropriately the first step: Make available, for reviewing, various findings, from the United States, and from other nations - findings that do not accept the Scientology organization as a genuine and sincere religion.

Scientology has fought a long war to condition how the public thinks about Scientology with regard to its most important fraudulent assertion, which is not that "Scientology works" or that "Scientology is good," but that the Scientology organization is a religious institution.

Apathetic acceptance of the Scientology organization as a religious institution, while protesting its tax exemption status, is poor strategy. Understandably, in the short term, when filling out a complaint form to the IRS, that acceptance is unavoidable; however, IMO, without the larger educational step, the chances of results from complaining to the IRS, or complaining to one's elected representatives, are reduced.

Here is one of many examples - this one from thirty three years ago (1982), when Scientology's religious cloaking project had only recently gone into high gear; and when Scientology's attempted discrediting of the use of such terms as "cult," "destructive cult," "coercive persuasion," and "brainwashing," and the accompanying establishing of the academic category of "New Religious Movement studies" with deceived, and often hired and financed, "religious scholars," was at its early stages.

The Report from the Clearwater Commission on Scientology, 1982. Evidentiary fact #1:

"The Church of Scientology is currently engaged in nationwide conspiracy to impede and obstruct municipal, state and federal taxing authorities, by adopting a religious and charitable guise to avoid payment of taxes."

This is similar to the view held by the IRS before Scientology applied, to the IRS, L. Ron Hubbard's 1955 instructions to "use the law" to "harass," his 1960 instructions to "find or manufacture enough threat" so as to "overwhelm" which includes, of course, blackmail, and applied his 1967 "Pink Legs" instructions that this be done secretively as a criminal "tight conspiracy."

Now, are we supposed to forget all of this, not unlike a happy Scientology preclear who comes out of session having already forgotten that portion of his mind that has been "blown" or "erased," with a giant photograph of Hubbard looming on the wall, and a Scientology registrar (sales person) grabbing his arm and leading him into an office?

Hopefully not. :)

The first step is an educational one, and the recent HBO documentary - viewed by millions - tops off the educational efforts by others that preceded it and were its foundation. Perhaps, if there's a 'Going Clear' part two, it will address the areas above and help complete the education of the public.
 

Sindy

Crusader
Jeffrey Augustine wrote this:



Synthia, the IRS has told me the same thing: "It's not illegal, nor is it cause for revocation for the church to hire PIs to harass people." I said this is not correct in all cases. The Church covers itself by claiming harassment as pretrial litigation; however the Church never sues. The points I make:

1. PI's go to a continuing pattern of malicious conduct and stalking under the ruse of pretrial litigation. This goes to using tax exempt dollars to systematically engage in violating the civil rights of a class of
people who speak out against the Church.

2. The IRS has to accept these reports by law. They know this and will accept reports.

3. Enough reports establish a pattern of using tax exempt dollars to harass people and attempt to silence people.

4. These reports can be used by the US Congress or the US Dept of Justice in the event the Church is investigated criminally.

The important thing is to establish a paper trail in the IRS, local police departments, and the FBI. Keep sending in reports as needed. A paper trial is crucial.
 

Sindy

Crusader
Re: If you want the IRS to re-examine Scientology’s tax exempt status, it’s time to g

Jeffrey Augustine wrote this:



Synthia, the IRS has told me the same thing: "It's not illegal, nor is it cause for revocation for the church to hire PIs to harass people." I said this is not correct in all cases. The Church covers itself by claiming harassment as pretrial litigation; however the Church never sues. The points I make:

1. PI's go to a continuing pattern of malicious conduct and stalking under the ruse of pretrial litigation. This goes to using tax exempt dollars to systematically engage in violating the civil rights of a class of
people who speak out against the Church.

2. The IRS has to accept these reports by law. They know this and will accept reports.

3. Enough reports establish a pattern of using tax exempt dollars to harass people and attempt to silence people.

4. These reports can be used by the US Congress or the US Dept of Justice in the event the Church is investigated criminally.

The important thing is to establish a paper trail in the IRS, local police departments, and the FBI. Keep sending in reports as needed. A paper trial is crucial.
 

Intentionally Blank

Scientology Widow
Re: If you want the IRS to re-examine Scientology’s tax exempt status, it’s time to g

Jeffrey Augustine wrote this:



Synthia, the IRS has told me the same thing: "It's not illegal, nor is it cause for revocation for the church to hire PIs to harass people." I said this is not correct in all cases. The Church covers itself by claiming harassment as pretrial litigation; however the Church never sues. The points I make:

1. PI's go to a continuing pattern of malicious conduct and stalking under the ruse of pretrial litigation. This goes to using tax exempt dollars to systematically engage in violating the civil rights of a class of
people who speak out against the Church.

2. The IRS has to accept these reports by law. They know this and will accept reports.

3. Enough reports establish a pattern of using tax exempt dollars to harass people and attempt to silence people.

4. These reports can be used by the US Congress or the US Dept of Justice in the event the Church is investigated criminally.

The important thing is to establish a paper trail in the IRS, local police departments, and the FBI. Keep sending in reports as needed. A paper trial is crucial.

Also of note - the newly released tape of the PI who followed Miscavige Sr does not say the surveillance was for any pretrial litigation. It specifically says the reason was to keep Sr from speaking publicly about his son or from writing a book.
 
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