Tax break for Scientology courses denied - 1989-06-05
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that money spent on Church of Scientology courses is not tax-deductible.
The 5-2 ruling written by Justice Thurgood Marshall came in a case concerning government efforts to tax money paid the church for 'auditing' and 'training' services. Scientologists believe 'auditing' helps an inidividual achieve a higher level of 'spiritual competence' through sessions with a trained Scientologist. The training courses study the doctrines of Scientology.
Church members have paid thousands of dollars for the sessions and have tried to deduct the amounts from their taxes as charitable donations. The Internal Revenue Service disallowed the deductions.