Why This Blog
If you have seen Alex Gibney’s Emmy-award winning documentary Going Clear, you know that a key message is that IRS should revoke the tax exemption of Scientology. And if you watched Leah Remini’s blockbuster Scientology: The Aftermath series on A&E, you know that she shows the many crimes of the organization and calls on the government to stop the abuse.
The organization became tax exempt in 1993 through bullying, harassment and fraud – they filed more than 2,400 individual lawsuits against the IRS. Then scientology boss Captain David Miscavige met with IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg and offered to drop all the lawsuits overnight if he would grant tax exemption. (See the New York Times 1997 writeup at http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/09/us/scientology-s-puzzling-journey-from-tax-rebel-to-tax-exempt.html?pagewanted=all)
IRS will not act unless Congress asks them to. I set up this blog to collect and track information on Congressional oversight.
Oversight committees –
In the House it is the House Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Government Operations. https://oversight.house.gov/su… – please see if your rep is on there. I just filed an anonymous whistle blowing complaint with them at https://oversight.house.gov/wh… – it is very easy to do.
In the Senate it is Senate Committee on Finance: Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight https://www.govtrack.us/congre…, Ron Wyden is a member, and he has raised questions about scientology in the past so it is worth approaching him. Check and see if your own Senator is a member also.