Charity Commission: Scientology cannot appeal tax-exempt status rejection Posted on September 7, 2023 by Alexander Barnes-Ross


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Huge Win !

Hey Brits in this forum ~~see this


The UK Charity Commission has today confirmed its decision to refuse Scientology tax exempt status cannot now be appealed, upholding its view that the Church of Scientology is not established for the public benefit

Following a Freedom of Information Act request made by Scientology Business, the Charity Commission explained that due to a statute of limitations, it’s decision to deny Scientology tax exemption is now final and unalterable. It explains:

“In 1999, any appeal to the Commission’s decision to refuse to register the Church of Scientology would be to the High Court. The time frames for appeal would have been set out in the Civil Procedural Rules applicable at that time and is usually between two and ten years depending on the type of claim.”

“Since the Charities Act 2006 came into force, an appeal against a registration decision can now be made to the First Tier Tribunal (Charity). A person wishing to appeal a decision of the Commission has a time limit of 42 days for appeals to the Commission regarding registration decisions.”

The Commission’s decision in 1999 to refuse to register the Church of Scientology cannot now be appealed they confirmed, and a new application for registration would need to be made.

In the United Kingdom, the legal test for whether an organisation can be considered for tax exemption is based on whether it is established exclusively for the public benefit. The Charity Commission considers all applications for charity status and in 1999 ruled Scientology’s practices were not “accessible” and could not be “applied such that the moral and spiritual welfare or improvement of the community might result”

Reyne Mayer

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Not sure what 'compulsory purchase by the council' is regarding the Manchester bldg.
a couple of the long-derelict historic buildings they bought for idle morgues, have been threatened with what in the US is called condemnation or eminent domain. as has the building in Philadelphia, too.

and as i understand it, in the UK (and some other European countries) tax exempt groups are required to clearly demonstrate that they're providing a public benefit -- something only vaguely implicit in US tax regulations, and hardly enforced at all. so of course with mean and miserly doctrines like 'exchange' and not helping 'downstats', and the fact that they act more like a private club (also technically a violation of IRS rules) than an organization serving the public, there's no way they can qualify.