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Scientologists lose tax deduction case

Title: Scientologists lose tax deduction case
Date: Tuesday, 6 June 1989
Publisher: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: David G. Savage
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the "fixed donations" paid by members to the Church of Scientology are not tax-deductible, charitable contributions. In the 5-2 ruling, the high court said that money paid to the church by Scientologists for training and a form of counseling called "auditing" are more like fees for a service than donations to a church. The church requires fixed donations of as much as $3,000 for 12 1/2 hours of "auditing," during which a person ... [Read the rest at]