Archive Message - 1995
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Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!uunet!in1.uu.net!news.cybercom.net!dial1-3.cybercom.net!user Wed Jul 12 09:50:19 1995 Path: news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!uunet!in1.uu.net!news.cybercom.net!dial1-3.cybercom.net!user From: rnewman@cybercom.net (Ron Newman) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Tax Notes, Scientology, and the IRS, continued Date: Mon, 10 Jul 1995 22:04:27 -0500 Organization: Cyber Access Internet Communications, Inc. Lines: 44 Message-ID: <rnewman-1007952204270001@dial1-3.cybercom.net> NNTP-Posting-Host: dial1-3.cybercom.net I just took a look at some recent issues of _Tax Notes_, a weekly magazine published by Tax Analysts, Inc. of Arlington, Virginia. The latest article on Scientology and the IRS is entitled "Do Scientologists Get a Break Not Extended to Other Churches?" by Fred Stokeld, in the issue dated April 17, 1995, pages 324-5. Stokeld argues that if Scientologists can deduct the cost of what he calls "fixed donations to the Church of Scientology for general and religious education courses as well as so-called auditing and processing classes, which involve one-on-one instruction by a minister to a parishioner on church history and doctrine" -- then, why can't Jews deduct payments for Hebrew school and Sunday school tuition, or Bar Mitzvah preparation classes? Why can't Catholics deduct payments for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes? The writer interviewed Deirdre Halloran, associate general counsel of the U.S. Catholic Conference, and THREE former IRS commissioners: Sheldon Cohen, Donald Alexander, and Jerome Kurtz. Some selected quotes: "Cohen said that the IRS had told him, without explanation, that the new rules for Scientologists do not apply to Hebrew school, an answer that did not sit well." "Where you have a special course that teaches the history of a religious organization or teaches you your duties as a member of the organization, if it's deductible for Scientology, it ought to be deductible for any church or synagogue in the United States," Alexander said. "Kurtz, now on the faculty of New York University Law School, said he is `mystified' by the obsoleting of Rev. Rule 78-189. He said the IRS has an obligation to tell people what it is doing and to explain the scope of the laws in this area." "They would have had a hell of a time getting this by me," said Alexander, who also knocked the IRS for failing to release the closing agreement with the Scientologists. -- Ron Newman rnewman@cybercom.net Web: http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/home.html

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