Tax experts: Church's money-raising practices don't appear to threaten tax-exempt status - 2011-11-20
FOR 40 years beginning in the 1950s, IRS officials sorted through the maze of corporate entities that compose Scientology, trying to make sense of the organization. So when the church made a bid in the early 1990s to have its tax-exempt status reinstated, the agency had questions.
What about all those lawsuits against the church, including many saying it was slow to refund parishioners' money?
If so many of Scientology's staff members and so much of its writings were devoted to making money, wasn't it really a business?