Where bad arguments against Scientology's tax exemption go to die: courts of law - 2018-02-01

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F47.png Where bad arguments against Scientology's tax exemption go to die: courts of law February 1, 2018, Monique Yingling, Letters, Los Angeles Times

In a Nov. 16 Los Angeles Times op-ed article, Daily Beast correspondent James Kirchick asks, "In the world of religious tax exemptions, does Scientology measure up?" The answer to that question is a resounding yes.

I was the Church of Scientology's primary tax counsel in its successful efforts to obtain federal tax exemption, a status it fully and fairly earned and continues to merit. Unlike Kirchick, I know exactly whereof I speak.

The Church of Scientology is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax exempt because it established to the agency's satisfaction that it is organized and operates as a charitable religious organization. The church did not engage in a "ruthless battle to win a religious tax exemption"; rather, it simply worked continuously to demonstrate that it should be treated the same as other religious denominations.

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{{cite news | first = Monique | last = Yingling | title = Where bad arguments against Scientology's tax exemption go to die: courts of law | url = https://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-scientology-tax-exempt-20180201-story.html | work = Letters | publisher = Los Angeles Times | date = February 1, 2018 | accessdate = February 7, 2019 }}