Ninth Circuit Court Rejects Arguments That Children’s Religious School Tuition Should Be Tax Deductible

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 ).

A School Case To Watch — involving the secret IRS-Scientology deal

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.

Judges Press IRS on Church of Scientology Tax Break

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.

Scientology Settlement Puts IRS in a Kosher Pickle

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, […]

California couple seeks religious tax break, citing Scientologists

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. Michael and Marla Sklar claim that since Church of Scientology members are allowed to write off the cost of spiritual counseling sessions, they should be allowed […]

Scientologist Tax Trial to Open Today

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. The trial, which is scheduled […]

L. Ron Hubbard has better lobbyists than God

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. Because of a 1993 secret deal with the Internal Revenue Service, members of L. Ron Hubbard‘s Church of Scientology are allowed to write off costly Scientologist “auditing” and “training” services as […]

L.A. couple suing IRS to win deduction for religious school tuition

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. In their lawsuit, Michael and Marla Sklar of Los Angeles contend the IRS erred by disallowing their tax deduction while permitting […]

IRS’ ‘chosen people’

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. 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 […]

Court Case Poses Challenge to Scientology Tax Break

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 […]
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