The tax-exempt status of the Church of Scientology has been a matter of contention since it gained it in the early 50s. Through extensive litigation against the IRS, the organization has been able to retain its tax-free status. That may soon change. 

The Church of Scientology has been central to Hollywood’s power structure, with many among its ranks counting themselves in the upper echelons of the movie industry. 

According to the Huffington Post, private tweets from a Trump family friend and a top official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development claim that Trump and his family “couldn’t agree more” that the so-called church should lose its tax-exempt status.

“From The moment I saw your series I told President Trump & his family we needed to revoke their tax exempt status. They couldn’t agree more, but please don’t publicize that yet,” Lynne Patton wrote to actress Leah Remini in the messages obtained and publicized by HuffPost. “This is going to get done in the next 4 years or I’ll die trying. Knock on wood!”

As The Hill states, Patton is a friend and business associate of the Trump family who has worked with them since 2009. Last year, Patton spoke in favor of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.

Remini, a former member of the Church of Scientology, has been an outspoken critic against the Hollywood celebrity religion, of which many prominent actors and actresses are a part of—including Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Actress Elizabeth Moss, best known for her role as the main character in the feminist TV series The Handmaid’s Tale, is a member, as is former That ‘70s Show alumni Danny Masterson.

The organization has reportedly used its influence to protect individuals like Danny Masterson, who has been accused of multiple rapes by fellow Scientologists, from prosecution by the law. 

Adherents of Scientology are banned from reporting other Scientologists to law enforcement, as the action is considered a “suppressive act” and can lead to immediate expulsion from the organization that many pay tens of thousands of dollars to be a part of. 

Rather than rebutting accusations, the organization is reportedly known to silence its critics for organizing its members against accusers and detractors, according to the Daily Beast.

Recently, Remini produced the Emmy Award-winning show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath—a documentary examining the insides of the Hollywood religion, which she left in 2013.

“I look forward to doing my part to help put an end to this ongoing nightmare and blatant misuse of our IRS rules & regulations,” Patton wrote to Remini. “I want to do more research on Scientology’s history with the IRS, to date, so that I can better understand what tactics have been applied and where we can pick up.”

HuffPost was unable to confirm whether Patton had gone forward to communicate with the IRS regarding the Church of Scientology.

Speaking to The Hill, Larry Noble, a former general counsel for the Federal Election Commission said that it would be illegal for the White House or any administration official to pull strings to influence IRS targets and decision-making.

“The IRS must make these decisions independently without any influence by the White House or administration officials,” he said.

The IRS website states that authorities may begin a church tax inquiry only if an appropriate high-level official in the Treasury department has a reason to believe “on the basis of facts and circumstances recording in writing, that an organization claiming to be a church or convention or association of churches may not qualify for exemption.”

  • webkilla

    Sweet jesus. It’s like Chanology all over again… this will be glorious!

    Scilon insanity VS Trump lulz? I could not have wished for anything more amusing

  • DaisyToo

    Yes!! President Trump, the gift that keeps on giving!

    There are So very many good reasons to put Scientology out of business, not the least of which is that they are in the addiction rehab business. They use their rehabs as a way of preying on people at their most vulnerable to coerce them join their cult. Scientology changes the names of their rehabs so often that it’s useless to give a current name.

    Buyers seriously beware: Their addiction ‘treatment’ centers have zero efficacy and have, in fact, they killed people w/their crazy methods. God help anyone who falls prey to this evil cult.

    • webkilla

      true dat – hell, even trying to get them to publish proper post-treatment relapse stats on their Narconon treatment centers, is pretty much impossible… at least last time I checked

      but then again, getting scilons to admit that anything they do isn’t perfect – good luck with that

  • Gina Davis

    They lost tax exempt status in 1967, because they were found to be ‘selling religion’, and didn’t get it back till 1993 after an extensive bully campaign.

  • Dave London born and bred.

    Totally out of order and false -Trump signed the protection of religions order. Im sick of this BS- The Church has helped millions of people – It does Drug education across the US in US schools and in the UK France italy and all across Europe , it has been the biggest advocate for the declaration of human rights with milions of publications given out and massive contributions to every neighbourhood it has worked in. I have done drug edcation lectures in school and helped hundreds of kids -Ive put on countless band nights and gigs for teenagers and the Church lets me use their hall for free – The Church members go out for FREE and help at countless major disaster sites year after year – NONE of this gets ANY coverage – What the Church ACTUALLY does NEVER gets shown EVER on any mainstream TV – just CONSTANT lying and BS constantly. Nobody actually reads out a book and what it ACTUALLY SAYS only Skanks like ”Rimini the felony” or whatever her name is gets to give her twisted views on people. Trump has worked with Scientologists and they are great people honest hard working people -not like Remedy the felony who get paid to spread upset because they simply dont like people – not just the Church people – she just doesnt like people. I have worked on various projects with the Church and they are the best people you could meet and I will defend this truth to my last breath. Dave from the UK

    Ps Milo – you are great mate but you are bang out of order for not researching this properly and Taking quotes from unverified and therefore non-existent ”sources” from The Huffington post……………..Major flunk on your part Milo

    • harlan leys

      I’m hooked. Where you at next in the UK, Dave, and how can I help?

    • HT

      You don’t gain any credibility by referring to people as “skanks” and only makes your organization look even more shady to normal people who recognize a cult when they see one.

      • Dave London born and bred.

        You really want me to be PC ? you want to make me guilty of ‘not being PC” ….. Leah felony, is what she is by definition – A skank : Thats a ‘sleazy unpleasant individual’ as a verb it means to ‘swindle’. That’s what she is – a skank . And how come you think I’m not a normal person ? I’m a tradesman and a Musician in the evenings.And I like helping people- When I go out and get kids educated about the truth on drugs across London and the south east of England because the Church trained me – for £5 yes not fifty million or some ridiculous figure the MSM makes up , when I get thank yous from kids saying they can now help their friends and they themselves can make their own decisions about drugs (and some have saved others from starting)
        And then when I hear someone lie about my friends without any means of the actual truth being shown, in order to rebut it – then I call them what they are. If you had some TV station saying you were a thief and you and your mates were thought of as thieves and everyone around started avoiding you and attacking you and you had absolutely no way of going on TV and showing the truth how would you feel about the TV personality that had lied about you?

  • Dave London born and bred.

    The Naconon program has helped thousands of people including police , musicians , plumbers including the emergency responders at 9/11 the MSM never reports this ever.
    Never any truth put out – i’m sick to my teeth with seeing the lies.

    • HT

      What is a Naconon?

    • HT

      You’re a bunch of con artists preying on the weak. Disgusting organization.

      • Dave London born and bred.

        That is simply generalization and not true. I’m strong and hard working, so are my mates.
        And the organization is made up of some of the finest, decent hard working people I’ve ever met. Something the MSM and the Huffington post and it’s reports of ”secret tweets” will not do

    • Nohbody

      You mean like the program helped Patrick Desmond?

      • Nohbody

        And quelle surprise, the Scientologist shill flounced off with a mass delete.

        (Yes, the first part was sarcasm. 😛 )

  • Biking Golfer

    Yay.

  • Leslie

    Any “religion” that promises that they can make you levitate… run, fun fast. Good work Leah, we stand behind you.