Scientology ‘offended’ by tax evasion accusation

The Church of Scientology says allegations it is using Adelaide as an off-shore base for its international operations to avoid paying tax are “offensive”.

An investigation by Channel 7’s TodayTonight reporter Bryan Seymour alleged to have uncovered a ploy used by Scientology to dodge tax obligations in the United Kingdom and eight European countries.

Mr Seymour said he had details of how the Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc registered those operations in South Australia, to a Cowandilla address, to avoid paying corporate tax under Britain’s foreign company law.

Investigations have been launched by the Office for Consumer and Business Affairs as well as the Attorney-Generals Department and with UK authorities.

– Source / Full Story: Scientology ‘offended’ by tax evasion accusation , Sam Rodrigues, The Advertiser, June 22. 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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