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Jan 24, 2011
'Church' rates bid is rejected — Sunderland Echo (UK)
Type: Press
Source: Sunderland Echo (UK)
CIVIC chiefs have rejected a petition calling for the Church of Scientology to be forced to pay full business rates. More than 300 Wearsiders signed a motion urging Sunderland Council to withdraw relief given to the international organisation – whose followers include Tom Cruise and John Travolta – for its property in Fawcett Street. The decision to accept the organisation’s application, backdated to 2006, has so far saved it more than £30,000 – despite not being classed as either a religion ...
Oct 23, 2010
Daily Poll // Should the Church of Scientology be exempt from paying £30,000 business rates in Sunderland? — Sunderland Echo (UK)
Type: Press
Source: Sunderland Echo (UK)
Should the Church of Scientology be exempt from paying £30,000 business rates in Sunderland? CIVIC chiefs have been criticised for exempting a controversial organisation from paying more than £30,000 in business rates. Sunderland City Council has granted 100 per cent relief to the international Church of Scientology for its centre in Fawcett Street and backdated it to the application date in 2006. However, the decision has been questioned in the corridors of power and on the streets of Wearside, because the ...
Oct 15, 2010
Government urges councils to stop giving tax breaks to Scientology — The Guardian (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Rajeev Syal
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Communities secretary Eric Pickles says majority of the public does not want 'controversial organisation' to be given favourable treatment The government is urging councils across the country to stop giving hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax breaks to the Church of Scientology. The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, said a majority of the public did not want the "controversial organisation" to be given the favourable treatment usually reserved for charities, and questioned this use of public money. The church is not ...
Oct 1, 2010
Eye TV // Cult cornered (again) — Private Eye (UK)
Type: Press
Source: Private Eye (UK)
"YOU suck cock on Hollywood Boulevard." This is the word of the Church of Scientology, according to its former spokesman Mike Rinder, spilling the beans in John Sweeney’s BBC film this week. He was citing a text message from the office of the leader, David Miscavige, best man at Tom Cruise’s wedding to Katie Holmes. It was one of many bizarre obscenities quoted by Rinder who, after half a century inside the church, now says that it is a cult. ‘It ...
Sep 29, 2010
Scientology receives local rates relief on properties — BBC News
Type: Press
Author(s): John Sweeney
Source: BBC News
The Church of Scientology has received millions of pounds of business rates relief and tax breaks in Britain. The controversial organisation, which counts Hollywood celebrities among its high-profile members, boasts of having over 11 million square feet in property worldwide, but some ex-members call it a cult. The Church is not classed as a religion under Charity Law by the UK Charity Commission. In 1999, the Commission ruled that it did not pass the "public benefit" test required for advancing religion ...
Sep 7, 2010
Today Tonight: Australian Senate inquiry release special — Channel 7 (Australia)
Aug 19, 2010
Simple Guide to the City of London Scientology Rates Relief Controversy
Type: Opinion
Author(s): Roland Rashleigh-Berry
This is a simple guide to one of the most controversial advantages that the Church of Scientology (in the form of COSRECI) has in the UK. That is the 80% mandatory business rates relief granted to them by the City of London Corporation (CoL) in October 2006 for their "Ideal Org" at 146 Queen Victoria Street. This mandatory business rates relief saves them more than 270K GBP per year and this has to be paid for by everybody in the UK. ...
Jul 9, 2010
Declaration of Mark "Marty" Rathbun
Jul 2, 2010
A tax-free life is the holy grail, but churches might have to prove they're acting for our benefit — Courier Mail (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Terry Sweetman
Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
NOT far from where I live stand two semi-completed townhouses, their derelict state an invitation to the bulldozer and a reminder of somebody's inability to service a dream. St John's Cathedral stood incomplete for nearly a century and, while far from derelict, it too was a dream of religious grandiosity beyond the capacity of its parishioners. Unlike my near-neighbours, the Anglican Church was able to rally supporters to fulfil its dream. Among them was the Federal Government, which kicked in a ...
Jul 2, 2010
Time is running out for the Church of Scientology — The Punch (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Nick Xenophon
Source: The Punch (Australia)
Believe it or not, Senate Inquiries can generate all sorts of humorous exchanges. A hearing earlier this week into the Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill generated so much laughter at one point, you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ instead. It went something like this. When discussing the impact of the introduction of a Charities Commission in New Zealand, the Church of Scientology’s New Zealand Secretary, Michael Ferriss, explained that the organisation’s ...
Jul 1, 2010
A Current Affair: Scientology tax — Channel 9 (aka ninemsn) (Australia)
More: youtube.com
Type: TV
Source: Channel 9 (aka ninemsn) (Australia)
An investigation is underway to determine whether controversial religious sect, The Church of Scientology, should be taxed on its proceeds. We look at the pros and cons.
Jun 29, 2010
'Taxpayers shouldn't fund abuse': ex-Scientologists — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Kirsty Needham
Source: The Age (Australia)
FORMER members of the Church of Scientology have told a Senate committee of the "ruthlessness" of the church and its judicial system, and argued it should not be eligible for tax-free status. "Australian taxpayers should not be funding systematic, organised abuse," said Janette Vonthehoff, who claimed her passport was taken from her and she was forcibly prevented from returning to Australia from the United States when she was eight weeks pregnant, because the church ordered she must finish "training". Sydney tax ...
Jun 29, 2010
Blanchiment: un scientologue en examen — Agence France Presse (AFP)
Type: Press
Source: Agence France Presse (AFP)
Un ancien responsable de la scientologie dans le sud de la France a été mis en examen en début de mois pour blanchiment et travail dissimulé à Nice, pour avoir proposé à des entreprises des montages fiscaux qui pourraient être illégaux, a-t-on appris aujourd'hui de source judiciaire. L'homme, âgé de 53 ans, a été mis en examen pour "blanchiment" et "travail dissimulé", et remis en liberté contre le paiement d'une caution de 25.000 euros, selon une source proche du dossier, confirmant ...
Jun 29, 2010
Inquiry hears Scientology cash siphoned overseas — Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Type: Press
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
A parliamentary inquiry has heard claims the Church of Scientology leaves members to fund local charitable activities out of their own pockets, as it siphons donations to church officials overseas. The Senate committee was formed after Independent Senator Nick Xenophon raised concerns about Scientology, and proposed changes to tax law that would require religions to pass a public benefit test in order to be exempt from income tax. The Church of Scientology says the bill is being used as a platform ...
Jun 28, 2010
Parliament of Australia Senate // Inquiry into Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010: Day 1
More: aph.gov.au, aph.gov.au, Nice compendium @ OCMB
Jun 28, 2010
Scientology says it's just like Salvos — Australian Associated Press (AAP)
Type: Press
Author(s): Gabrielle Dunlevy
Source: Australian Associated Press (AAP)
The Church of Scientology has compared itself to The Salvation Army, while defending its benefit to the community in a Senate inquiry. The organisation was scrutinised by an inquiry into legislation proposed by independent senator Nick Xenophon, which would require religious groups to prove what public benefit they provide, before getting tax breaks. Its representative, Virginia Stewart, told the committee its members lent a hand in times of disaster and promoted drug-free messages. "The church believes the proposed bill is inherently ...
Jun 22, 2010
Scientology 'offended' by tax evasion accusation — Advertiser (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Sam Rodrigues
Source: Advertiser (Australia)
THE Church of Scientology says allegations it is using Adelaide as an off-shore base for its international operations to avoid paying tax are "offensive". An investigation by Channel 7's Today Tonight reporter Bryan Seymour alleged to have uncovered a ploy used by Scientology to dodge tax obligations in the United Kingdom and eight European countries. Mr Seymour said he had details of how the Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc registered those operations in South Australia, to a Cowandilla address, ...
Jun 22, 2010
Should the Church of Scientology in your local authority (UK) receive a reduction in Business Rates?
More: link
Type: Opinion
Author(s): Roland Rashleigh-Berry
Introduction This document is aimed at local government bodies in the UK faced with requests from Church of Scientology entities for business rates reductions or who are making a reapplication for the same. The author of this document is an ex-Scientologist who was a member of the Church of Scientology for five years and so is aware of the practices and beliefs of the Church of Scientology as well as their pricing structure. The author has no legal qualifications. Reference will ...
Jun 22, 2010
Today Tonight: Scientology tax — Channel 7 (Australia)
More: Youtube part 1, Youtube part 2, Statement from Church of Scientology, forums.whyweprotest.net
Type: TV
Author(s): Bryan Seymour
Source: Channel 7 (Australia)
It's alleged Scientology has avoided paying tax in the United Kingdom by claiming it is run out of South Australia. In Britain, the Church of Scientology is supposed to pay tax on the millions of pounds it brings in each year. Now, the organisation has been accused of claiming its entire UK operation is part of its Australian outfit. Here, Scientology is recognised as a religion and does not pay tax. It's alleged the church is using this, combined with some ...
May 13, 2010
Tax status of charities, religions under review — Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Type: TV
Author(s): Tony Jones
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
The Senate has agreed to launch an inquiry into the tax exempt status of religions and charities after allegations of abuse within The Church of Scientology. TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Well the Senate has agreed to hold inquiries in the laws regarding the tax exempt status of religions and charities. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has proposed a test which asks groups to demonstrate whether their activities are of public benefit or cause harm before being granted tax exempt status. The inquiry was ...
May 6, 2010
Rudd, Abbott 'running scared on Scientology' — Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Type: Press
Author(s): Emma Rodgers
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has slammed the major parties for blocking his moves for an inquiry into the Church of Scientology. Senator Xenophon has been calling for a full inquiry into the church since revealing claims of forced abortions and other abuses in Parliament last year. Today he accused Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of hiding behind process and vowed to continue to fight for further examination of Scientology in Australia. "There is a certain cowardice in turning your backs on people ...
Apr 28, 2010
It's time to end the Church of Scientology's tax-exempt status — Huffington Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Steven Hassan
Source: Huffington Post
For more than 25 years, the IRS denied tax-exemption to the Church of Scientology. The long-running policy flowed from an IRS determination in 1967 that Scientology was in fact a commercial entity operated solely for the benefit of founder L. Ron Hubbard. In 1993, seven years after Hubbard's death, the IRS made a puzzling and highly suspicious reversal. It settled its tax bill with Scientology for just $12.5 million and conferred on it the title of tax-exempt "religion." Both the Wall ...
Mar 19, 2010
Not all grievances are created equal in politics — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Mark Davis
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
When allegations emerged that shonky insulation installers operating under the Federal Government's home insulation program had exposed householders to the risk of fires and workers to injury or death, the Liberal and National Parties promptly referred the matter to a Senate inquiry. And when trade unions claimed that Australia Post was cutting its workers compensation costs by using company doctors to force injured employees back to work prematurely, the Labor Party was more than willing to ask a Senate committee to ...
Mar 1, 2010
Buying God: Tough to get a refund on salvation — CBS Moneywatch
Jan 24, 2010
He wants his money back from Church of Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: Larry Anderson's meeting with Tommy Davis, (transcript by Anonymous), Scientologists and money
Nov 18, 2009
Australian News Coverage [A useful collection of TV media items re. Australian Senator Nick Xenophon] — XenuTV
Nov 14, 2009
Caught between Scientology and her husband, Annie Tidman chose the church — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 8, 2009
Labour gives Scientologists tax breaks... — Sunday Express (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Kirsty Buchanan
Source: Sunday Express (UK)
LABOUR is driving through laws that will give the Church of Scientology tax breaks on its British missions. While thousands of businesses face higher tax bills from April and homeowners brace themselves for rises in council tax, the wealthy church will be exempt. The change is being forced by a Bill from Equality Minister Harriet Harman, which, for the first time, puts Scientology on the same footing as the Church of England and Roman Catholicism. Under British law, places of worship ...
Nov 5, 2009
Blown for Good / Behind the iron curtain of Scientology (book) - 04 The landscape is changing — BFG Books
Nov 5, 2009
Blown for Good / Behind the iron curtain of Scientology (book) - 15 It's no good — BFG Books
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