A Rare Peek Into The Church Of Scientology's Finances - 2015-02-23
The Church of Scientology has long been shrouded in mystery, but several documents released by its Australia operation provide a glimpse of the secretive religion's balance sheet.
In 2011, the Church of Scientology in Australia reorganized itself as a type of nonprofit. The change in corporate structure required the church to make its finances available to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Now the Australian press has republished the reports—and they're enlightening. The church brought in a staggering $33.1 million in revenue over the course of 2011 and 2012, but still lost money during those years, according to the financial statements. In 2012, the church lost $169,156, up from $136,375 in 2011.