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 Michael and Marla Sklar

Tuesday December 16, 2008
Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
religious schools tuition tax 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.

Among other things, the Sklars argued that denial of their claimed deductions violated the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution, as well as principles of administrative consistency, because allegedly similar deductions were allowed for members of the Church of Scientology under a closing agreement with the Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ).

Friday February 8, 2008
Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
At one point, the IRS lawyer actually warned the court that the tax collector would have difficulty resolving tax disputes if the IRS were forced to disclose its secret agreement with the Scientologists.

Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
A Jewish couple’s bid to take a tax deduction they say the Internal Revenue Service reserves only for members of the Church of Scientology is getting a friendly reception from a federal appeals court, increasing the possibility of a ruling that could create a tax break for taxpayers of many religions who pay tuition to religious schools.

Sunday November 28, 2004
Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
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.

Tuesday November 9, 2004
Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for an Orthodox Jewish couple claimed Monday the Internal Revenue Service has unfairly refused to allow tax deductions for their children's religious schooling.

Monday November 8, 2004
Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
SAN FRANCISCO - A California accountant who sends his children to Orthodox Jewish schools is to appear in federal court this morning to attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to grant him the same tax deduction for religious instruction that it accords to members of the Church of Scientology.

Wednesday April 7, 2004
Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
It turns out that liberals are right. For years now, the American government has established state religion. No, it's not evangelical Christianity. It's Scientology.

Thursday April 1, 2004
Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
LOS ANGELES � An Orthodox Jewish couple barred from writing off tuition paid to the religious school attended by their children are claiming the decision by the Internal Revenue Service violated the First Amendment.

Tuesday March 30, 2004
Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
Taxpayers deserve to know whether they're being treated fairly by the IRS. The secret agreement between the agency and Scientologists should be open to scrutiny.

Wednesday March 24, 2004
Michael and Marla SklarScientology:
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.


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