Leah and I had the great pleasure of speaking to Taylor Holley this week.
Taylor is a law student at Texas Tech University who published a legal analysis of scientology’s tax exempt status in the Law Review.
Taylor has never been involved in scientology, but grew up in Tampa which sparked her interest in scientology. Her paper is a wonderful summation and careful analysis of the law and makes a compelling argument that the IRS should revisit the exempt status of scientology. I wrote about this earlier.
I am including her full paper below, as well as a link to it for downloading. I recommend you pay extra attention to her analysis of “public policy” — one of the elements necessary for the IRS to grant tax exempt status. It is a poorly defined subject and has been very narrowly interpreted by courts in the past. Scientology is clearly in violation of public policy, it cannot be true that it is acceptable for a tax exempt organization to spend taxpayer subsidized money on hiring PI’s to harass or trampling on people’s First Amendment rights to free speech.
We talk in this episode about what people can do and what the government should do. Yesterday, I published some example letters to Congress. If you want to do something, these letters might be helpful to you. And I would also recommend sending this analysis.
Click here for a downloadable PDF: AUDITING SCIENTOLOGY – REEXAMINING THE TAX EXEMPT STATUS OF SCIENTOLOGY