Scientologists' Deal With IRS: $12.5 Million - 1997-12-31

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F6.png Scientologists' Deal With IRS: $12.5 Million December 31, 1997, Associated Press, Seattle Times

The settlement ended a struggle that began in 1967, when the IRS argued that the main Scientology church should lose its tax-exempt status because it was a for-profit business that enriched church officials. The church replied with more than 2,000 lawsuits against the IRS.

IRS spokesman Frank Keith said the decision to grant tax-exempt status was "based upon voluminous information provided by the church to the IRS regarding its financial and other operations."


{{cite news | title = Scientologists' Deal With IRS: $12.5 Million | url = http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19971231&slug=2580963 | work = Associated Press | publisher = Seattle Times | date = December 31, 1997 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}