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IRS: Scientology is tax-exempt religion Series: SCIENTOLOGY
[CITY Edition]
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author: Garcia, Wayne
Date: Oct 13, 1993
Start Page: 1.A
Section: NATIONAL
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The Internal Revenue Service says the Church of Scientology and its myriad entities don't have to pay federal income taxes, ending a 40-year battle with the controversial church over its purpose and methods of dealing with opponents, which included burglary and intimidation.

In the past week, the Internal Revenue Service issued 30 "determination letters" that exempted 153 Scientology churches, missions and corporations from paying federal corporate income taxes, said Frank Keith, an IRS spokesman.

It also could tip the balance in the organization's efforts to avoid paying property taxes on its Clearwater holdings, a tab that is nearing $7-million after more than a decade of withholding the payments. Scientology has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater.

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