Scientology retail plan is rare, as few churches back non-religious businesses - 2017-03-18

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F7.png Scientology retail plan is rare, as few churches back non-religious businesses March 18, 2017, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

CLEARWATER — Scientology has long set its practices apart from other tax-exempt religions by charging members for auditing sessions and courses required to advance through the faith.

But the church's proposal to develop a retail and entertainment district in downtown Clearwater makes it more of an outlier.

The IRS permits tax-exempt churches to have for-profit business ventures unrelated to their religious missions, but it is rare in the United States.


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