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Dec 15, 2008 Religious school fees not deductible, Ninth Circuit rules — Metropolitan News-Enterprise (Los Angeles, California)
Metropolitan News-Enterprise (Los Angeles, California)
Tuition and fees for religious day schools are not deductible for federal income tax purposes, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
The court, for the second time, rejected claims by local residents Michael and Marla Sklar that they received only intangible religious benefits as result of their five children’s attendance in Orthodox Jewish schools, so their school payments should be deductible, at least in part, as charitable donations.
The Sklars have been seeking to deduct their payments, going ...
Dec 13, 2008 Sklar II Disappoints — realitybasedcommunity.net
Dec 12, 2008 Ninth Circuit court rejects arguments that children's religious school tuition should be tax deductible — MarketWatch
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today rejected taxpayers Michael and Marla Sklars’ argument that they were entitled to claim deductions for tuition and fees paid to their children’s Orthodox Jewish day schools, the Justice Department announced.
The Sklars sought charitable deductions under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code for portions of their tuition payments made to the religious day schools their children attended, asserting that those portions of the tuition payments were for “intangible ...
May 29, 2008 Will Sklar II crack open Scientology's Secret Agreement with the IRS? — realitybasedcommunity.net
In the early 1990s, Michael and Marla Sklar deducted part of their children's school tuition from their income tax in an amount equal to the proportion they viewed their tuition going toward religious instruction, as opposed to secular teaching (e.g., math, english). He listed his deductions under section 170 of the Tax Code, which permits deductions for charitable and religious contributions. The IRS denied the Sklars their deduction, noting that the Sklars had not provided receipts from the Church of Scientology. ...
Feb 19, 2008 Info sought on secret IRS deal with Scientology — WorldNetDaily
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Info sought on secret IRS deal with Scientology
'Position represents unconstitutional favoritism of one religious group over another'
Posted: February 19, 2008
3:53 pm Eastern
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A federal appeals court is being asked to tell the Internal Revenue Service to open up a secret deal with the Church of Scientology that reportedly allows members to deduct certain educational, or "auditing," expenses, a benefit denied members of other faiths in the United States.
The report comes ...
Feb 8, 2008 9th Circuit Could OK Big Religious Education Tax Break — ABA Journal
Feb 8, 2008 Judges Press IRS on Church Tax Break — New York Sun
Nov 29, 2004 Scientology settlement puts IRS in a kosher pickle — Law.com
Tax lawyers are watching a trial in Los Angeles that pits an orthodox Jewish family against the Internal Revenue Service over whether tuition for religious education is deductible – based in part on a "secret" settlement between the IRS and the Church of Scientology. "It's not clear that [plaintiffs] Michael and Marla Sklar will win, but if they do, it may well mean that millions of families will be able to deduct some portion of private religious school education," said professor ...
Mar 25, 2004 Opinion: IRS' 'chosen people' — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
What kind of special tax privileges are members of the Church of Scientology receiving that members of other religions are not? That is a question the Internal Revenue Service refuses to answer - even for a federal appeals court. The IRS claims it has a legal obligation to keep tax return information confidential, and for years it has extended that justification to the details of a 1993 agreement between the church and the IRS. Reportedly, in exchange for the church dropping ...
Mar 24, 2004 Scientologists' Tax Break Cited in Suit Against I.R.S. — New York Times
David Cay Johnston
New York Times
LOS ANGELES, March 21— A trial is to begin here on Wednesday morning to determine whether a Jewish couple can deduct the cost of religious education for their five children, a tax benefit they say the federal government has granted to members of just one religion, the Church of Scientology. The potential ramifications are huge, for a ruling in favor of the couple could affect the millions of Americans who send their children to religious schools of all types. At stake ...
Sep 1, 2003 Scientology and the European Human Rights debate: A reply to Leisa Goodman, J. Gordon Melton, and the European Rehabilitation Project Force study — Marburg Journal of Religion
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