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—————- In anticipation of her biggest day in court yet, Laura DeCrescenzo and her attorneys hit the Church of Scientology with 928 pages of new filings —————- Details from 18,000 pages of evidence show how Scientology manipulated a child to keep her working under slave-like conditions —————- A key document describing DeCrescenzo’s unwillingness to have her coerced abortion is missing from the evidence Scientology was ordered to produce By Tony Ortega Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age. Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.

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SHOCK DOX: Scientology’s 2011 book value for just two of its entities is $1.2 billion

CSI990TThe Underground Bunker has copies of some stunning documents that were just released by our old friend, Jeff “OTVIIIisgrrr8!” Augustine. They are 990-T returns for the 2011 tax year submitted by the Church of Scientology International and the Church of Spiritual Technology, and they show that CSI and CST — which are just two of Scientology’s many entities — have a combined book value of $1.2 billion.

Since 1993, Scientology has had tax-exempt status, and your tax dollars — your IRS — has helped the church amass huge wealth. Scientology puts constant pressure on its members to donate huge amounts, it pays its workers pennies an hour because it is exempt from labor laws, and the result are these incredible amounts.

SEE UPDATES below for explanations of the revenue figures in these documents and for a statement by Mike Rinder, Scientology’s former spokesman.

First, here’s the Church of Scientology International’s 2011 tax form, which shows in the upper left of the first page that its book value was $790,758,896.

 

2011 Church of Scientology International 990 T Return

 
Second, here’s the Church of Spiritual Technology — the odd organization that constructs underground vaults in order to store L. Ron Hubbard’s written works so they will survive a nuclear holocaust. CST’s book value is $434,487,317.

 

2011 Church of Spiritual Technology 990 T Return

 
By comparison, Scientology’s Celebrity Centre International network is worth a smaller amount, $39,392,879.

 

2011 Celebrity Centre International 990 T Return

 
Another whopper: The 2012 return for Scientology’s “Flag Service Organization,” which runs the “spiritual mecca” in Clearwater, Florida where wealthy church members go for high-level processing. Book value: $209,655,686

 

2012 Flag Service Organization 990 T Return

 
Now here’s a return for just one of Scientology’s many “continents,” which are separate organizations in the church’s alphabet soup of entities. In this case, it’s the Church of Scientology Western United States (COSWUS), and the book value is $45,265,237.

 

2012 Church of Scientology West US 990T Return

 
The Flag Ship Service Organization (FSSO) runs Scientology’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds, which is the only place that church members can receive the highest level of spiritual counseling, OT 8. Book value of FSSO: $26,705,235

 

2012 Sciencoloty Flag Ship Service Organization 990T Return

 
Bonus documents:

2012 return for the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), the umbrella organization for Scientology’s “social betterment” organizations (Narconon, Applied Scholastics, Criminon, and The Way To Happiness Foundation). Of special note — see that Rena Weinberg is listed with an income of $3,420, which is curious, since she’s been in “The Hole” since 2004. ABLE’s 2012 total assets: $14,711,161

2012 return for The Way to Happiness Foundation (TWTF), the organization, under ABLE, that produces and disseminates L. Ron Hubbard’s 1981 pamphlet of anodyne life advice. Total assets: $139,902

2012 return for Applied Scholastics, Scientology’s front group that pushes L. Ron Hubbard’s “study technology” on unsuspecting school districts. Also under ABLE, and gross receipts: $3,953,293

2012 return for Narconon International, the umbrella group for Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon (also under ABLE). Gross receipts: $8,483,722

2012 return for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), Scientology’s rabidly anti-psychiatry front group. Gross receipts: $2,673,443

 
UPDATE: Some of our readers are wondering why the revenues are so low in these documents — FSO, which runs Scientology’s Clearwater complex, for example, is reported to take in millions of dollars a week, which are not reflected in these documents. But these are 990-T filings, which the IRS requires exempt organizations to turn in regarding their “unrelated business income.” Here’s the IRS’s definition…

Even though an organization is recognized as tax exempt, it still may be liable for tax on its unrelated business income. For most organizations, unrelated business income is income from a trade or business, regularly carried on, that is not substantially related to the charitable, educational, or other purpose that is the basis of the organization’s exemption. An exempt organization that has $1,000 or more of gross income from an unrelated business must file Form 990-T. An organization must pay estimated tax if it expects its tax for the year to be $500 or more.

So we’re not getting a look at how much FSO or CSI are bringing in through their normal church activities. But the interesting thing for us is the book value that they are asked to reveal. We haven’t seen these before, not since Scientology went tax exempt in 1993.

 
UPDATE: STATEMENT BY MIKE RINDER, FORMER SCIENTOLOGY SPOKESMAN

We asked Mike Rinder for a statement about these documents and what they reveal. He sent us this message…

I suspect the figures listed as “book value” are the lowest valuations of assets they think they can get away with. But these are fascinating documents despite not listing income (other than ‘unrelated business income’).

The accumulation of assets is a problem with respect to exemption. The underlying theory of granting exemption is that the organization provides a public benefit, and things that benefit the public should not be taxed. But if instead of benefiting anyone it is accumulated by the organization, it violates IRS guidelines. Certainly a lot of this is property — and that is trickier to prove. Miscavige and his numerous lawyers will claim that the property is for the public benefit, because without it the church cannot provide that public benefit consisting of training and auditing. This is of course a lie, as most of the buildings are palaces that sit empty and are way beyond what is needed to deliver the alleged public benefit. As I have said before, this is one of the main reasons for the “Ideal Org” program (and for purchasing absolutely superfluous properties like KCET when there is a massive studio at Gold). While those assets could be liquidated relatively easily (if they needed to be liquidated the inevitable losses would not be relevant as most of them were from “found money” obtained through heavy handed fundraising), they make it very difficult for the IRS to go after. In effect, for purposes of the church, buildings are a tax shelter. It is why you see the obsession with buildings.

But of course these forms provide only a glimpse of part of the picture. Of course there is no weekly income included. And there is no International Assocation of Scientologists (IAS).

Even if there was a 990 for IAS Administrations, the money they collect is deposited into accounts nominally controlled by a “trust” (US IAS Members Trust). That is screened from any public scrutiny.

Similarly, assets are held in accounts nominally controlled by CSRT (Church of Scientology Religious Trust). I do not know which buildings may be in their name. Super Power could be, even though it is the main FSO delivery building…. It is possible that CSI has to include CSRT assets on its 990 book value as it is really “wholly owned” by Church of Scientology International.

This is all deliberately made confusing and opaque as there are other trusts and entities established to shield liability and keep the total wealth obscured.

What is not confusing is that these figures do not include the IAS, the single biggest repository of liquid funds in the Scientology hierarchy, known to have well in excess of a billion dollars, probably in excess of two billion by now. These documents also don’t include any of the organizations outside the US, nor even a lot in the US, including C of S NY, Wsahington DC, SFO, etc.

This confirms what many have said: Scientology Inc. is an astonishingly wealthy organization. It also confirms that given its assets, Scientology spends virtually nothing on its much ballyhooed “social betterment” and “human rights” programs. With this sort of money they could be doing more for disaster relief than the Red Cross. They claim they are, but in truth they spend a few thousands dollars to make it possible to shoot videos. They could have provided food and shelter for every victim of the Philippines hurricane and not made a dent in their accumulated wealth. Instead they flew in four people in yellow t-shirts to do photo ops.

Jeff has done a great job getting this information and making it available. It is a window into the haunted house of Scientology.

 
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  • cdub

    The outlying orgs must be feeling so left out. No wonder the Sunday funnies of org flyers are so class-less. The flyers are all produced in-house with no overall marketing strategy from Flag at all. The high income producing book sales are being done from Sea Org staffers, likely on their study/auditing time, 2.5 hours daily. They must be fed prospect lists from the Internet and wherever. What a hoot. Because supposedly Sea Org was the upper management and the orgs themselves did the grunt work. Now now. Outer ideal orgs as empty palaces for tax reasons. All DM needs now is a way to automate the outer orgs and get rid of all those pesky people who must consume so much of his staff’s time with so little return.

    • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0

      Plus the rice and beans they require to “stay alive” — CI mofos.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Individual orgs can only use their Central Files as mailing lists. Addresses are kept by the Addresso Dept. Sending out promo pieces is supposed to be done by one division of the org, but since so few staff are available who are already double or triple hatted, it is often done on what is called an “all hands” effort, and done after quotas are met. This means it dips into their sleep time.

      Promo has always been a colossal waste of slave labor and money. Most of the names are wrong, in triple or quadruple because of misspellings, addressed wrong, people long ago not interested, never interested, moved. The upper Sea Orgs have their own promo out. It’s nuts. So when you see errors or worse in promo pieces, understand they are being done by people under daily physical, mental and emotional abuse. And yes, the franchises are just shells now.

  • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0

    I am going to be totally honest and say, I can’t even wrap my brain around what this unexpected and massive revelation really means. What is going to happen now? Anything?

    • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

      It’s a massive revelation to the public, though not to the IRS (these docs are three years old). The biggest benefit that I can see is for people who plan on filing lawsuits. These documents could be used to come up with a nominal figure for damages and restitution should the cult be found guilty.

      • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0

        That sounds reasonable. Are we Sci-watchers a jaded bunch or just careful of getting our hopes up?

        • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

          Some of us are cautiously optimistic, others are ruthlessly pessimistic, and still others are fed up with the cult constantly getting away with crap.

          • cdub

            Every little bit of evidence helps. This is a big chunk.
            That full week anti-Scientology seminar in Clearwater sometime this spring is necessary because Scientology is so monstrous and evil that it takes many dedicated teams of specialists working independently to dismantle it.
            Maybe Federal level legislation is needed.
            These IRS forms, “The biggest benefit that I can see is for people who plan on filing lawsuits.” from Derek above. Private accountants will have a field day with them. Whales and even ordinary donors are going to get nervous about their own donations going public. The comment about Scientology turned into a protection racket for one’s eternal soul rings true.
            Finally anything that makes DM nervous is worth the effort. This has got to hurt.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Facts. Dimension. Scope.

      It’s one think to say, “They are making obscene amounts of money off the backs of their credulous followers.” It’s quite another to have actual numbers and legal documents to back it up.

      Most telling to me is the relatively pathetic valuation of TWTH. There’s a good verse in the Bible that addresses this: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21). The next time some pious mouthpiece from the CoS starts spouting about how much they value the golden words contained in TWHT, think of these figures.

  • DamOTclese2

    By the way, people may remember Scientologist Tax Trial to Open Today, the Michael Sklar lawsuit against the IRS because the IRS allows these Scientology criminals to commit this tax fraud while not permitting any other “religion” (whether a real one or a fake one like Scientology) to commit the same tax fraud.

    In the end, the Judge ruled that Scientology was committing tax fraud — obvious tax fraud — yet that fact did not allow Sklay to also commit tax fraud. The Judge found in favor of the IRS but also stated that people need to sue the IRS to stop the Scientology crime syndicate’s illegal tax exemption, they could not sue the IRS to force them to break the laws of our country even further.

  • DamOTclese2

    Forget blue crystal meth, because of IRS and U.S. Treasury complicity, the real money is in stealing and swindling money from rubes, marks, and suckers under the guise of “religion..” That’s fast money since there is never a lack of dim bulbs wanting to hand obvious criminals their money for obvious frauds, all while avoiding the traditional fatal hazards that comes from pushing dope.

    • TDA1541A

      Hubbard was on the money with that

      • DamOTclese2

        He and so many others. Peter Popoff, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, Hubbard looks like he seized hold of the tools already laid before him that permitted him to commit massive tax fraud. Hubbard would not have been allowed to get away with it if the U. S. courts were not filled with the religious who thinks that curbing one group’s tax crimes could mean their own group’s tax crimes could be threatened. :(

        • TDA1541A

          Old man probably Crowley raked in a few bucks too before the crazy and the heroïne took over.

          And who the fuck runs this “new” O.T.O. Peaches Geldof was a member of ?

          • GalacticGreg

            Davey Miscavage runs everything.

            • TDA1541A

              He can’t even run a proper marriage

        • TDA1541A
          • GalacticGreg

            That chart certainly makes all aware that Dave & $cientology Inc. are at least as well organized and diversified in investment quality globally as LDS.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Ahem.

          The equivalency argument cuts both ways. Billy Graham really doesn’t belong in that list. His organization has always been completely transparent, and Graham himself led a very modest life.

          Put Oral Roberts in the group, and toss in Jim and Tammy Bakker, and you’ll get no argument from me.

          • GalacticGreg

            And add a dash of Jimmy Swaggart and family.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Except that Swaggart is really a piker compared to the big leaguers…

            • GalacticGreg

              Still, over the course of decades, starting back in the days of Jerry Lee Lewis Rock ‘n Roll, Swaggart must have gone thru a few millions at least. So- he’s still a massive stinker.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    To the leaker or leakers of this motherlode: Thank You for converting speculation theories into spectacular dox.
    It’s like a Field of Bacon in here.

    http://i.imgur.com/GvtY9xf.jpg

  • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0

    “They could have provided food and shelter for every victim of the Philippines hurricane and not made a dent in their accumulated wealth. Instead they flew in four people in yellow t-shirts to do photo ops.”

    *vomit*
    *vomit on Miscavige*
    *vomit on LRH and the whole scam*
    So, the long con worked. Success — the billions are made but WHO is really benefitting from them? Hubbard is dead and DM seems to have a crappy stressful life. The Scis are unhappy. It’s like Hubbard created a Frankenstein scam that just keeps destroying but there are no pitchfork wielding villagers capable of stopping it.

    • GalacticGreg

      on the lifestyle of Davey, au contraire- to him, he’s living large. The best of everything. Private jets to any location on the globe. Gourmet food. Private chefs. Private masseurs. The best clothes. $1,000 hand crafted shoes. Read Brosseau, who remade Tomm Cruize’s huge Ford Excursion, iirc, the maker of the Burlwood pen. The whole goal of Hubbard and Davey was to be ultra rich and live large. The life of the 1/10th of 1 percenters. One can’t underestimate the attraction of that to a lot of people.

      • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0

        No one that insecure and full of rage knows a moment of peace.

        • aquaclara

          I hope the guilt chews Davey up from the inside out. He should be ashamed of himself.

          Maybe getting this info out to whales will help them see that betterment means just one person benefits, and that they are paying for Davey’s castle at the hands of the overworked slaves.

          Maybe the whales will take a moment to visualize that 8 year-old child in Blown For Good washing the endless stack of large pots by SITTING IN THE SINK because she was too small to stand and wash them.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Guilt is for low tone, down stat SP’s.

          • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0

            Narcissists don’t feel guilt. They blame others and feel they are victims. Always. They suck really bad.

        • GalacticGreg

          Psycho-sociopaths a la Dave Miscavige are “into” the fight, into the intrigue, into devising ways to thwart or stall or delay any and all lawsuits. They don’t seek moments of peace as much as they thrive on continual combat. And to them, that is better than the average person’ “peace”. Sociopaths spit on moments of peace.

    • D.Y.G.

      IAS regges are still earning commissions, AFAIK.

    • joan nieman

      We need pitch fork wielding villagers.

    • http://www.tingleff.org/jensting/muslinger/ Jens TINGLEFF

      To be honest, I’m not so concerned that money can’t buy happiness for Captain David “he is NOT insane!” Miscavige :-) What concerns me much more is the unhappiness he feels he needs to pass down to the pre-pubescent teenage slaves in the Damnation Navy :-(

  • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

    Assets in excess of one billion and a half dollars? God would I love to see a balance sheet.

    • Captain Howdy

      And that’s not even including the cash reserves which are probably double that including Mad King Miskiewicz’s run fund.

      • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

        I would happily equate the “assets” to mean mostly cash and liquid with a few non-liquid assets (i.e. the Asbestos Winds).

        • Captain Howdy

          Why would they list cash assets that are hidden from the IRS?

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            They wouldn’t.

          • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

            Oh you’re talking about IRS warchest stuff. Yeah add another billion onto that according to Ms. Cook. So Lets just make it an even $2.8bil book value for all Scientology organizations including the IRS war chest.

            Revenue recognition and cash receipts are indistinguishable due to the Scientology business model. So book value is similar to cash money when you’re looking at these documents.

            The real question is how many depreciating/appreciating assets they have and whether they use generally accepted methods of amortization.

            • Captain Howdy

              I would guesstimate it to be more than another billion seeing as how supposedly soon as Hubbard died D.M acquired at least half a billion in secret bank accounts. Twenty seven years of siphoning off funds on top of a half a billion adds up to a pretty big piggy bank.

        • Missionary Kid
      • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

        Especially since Scientology doesn’t have such a thing as bad debt or receivables.

        • GalacticGreg

          Recall that K Douglas wrote about the 1970s deposits of cash and valuables going into Luxembourgh and Lichtenstein banks. All of that has appreciated in the 35+ years. And expanded, with proper investment banking advice, into dummy corps. thru a maze of ownership, with deposits in Cayman Islands and other places. Duggan’s Executive VP of Finance is an OT8 and a former EU Investment Banker. So- Davey has been getting skilled global investment banking advice for 30 years or more.

          • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

            You’re assuming that he takes advice. I actually had this conversation with JPC a while back, and even came at it from that point of view.

            JPC made a good point. Considering his level of paranoia, DM would want to keep any offshore cash quickly accessible (i.e. very liquid), which doesn’t really reap a whole lot of interest, if any.

            • Missionary Kid

              That’s also John P. assessment.

            • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

              That’s who I mean when I say JPC (John P Capitalist)

            • Missionary Kid

              Oops. I’m easily thrown by acronyms and initials. One more reason I wouldn’t make a good $cientologist.

            • GalacticGreg

              I think the alternative to JpC’s assessment is way more likely.

              Davey is shrewd enough to know that the people who handle Tomm Cruiz’s long-term Investment Banking transactions and the people involved with Duggan in global finance and investments have advice that Big Beings, like Tomm and Duggan, heed and so, he too, Davey hisself, shall and does take such advice. imo.

            • Robert Eckert

              In the first years of Davey’s reign, he blew a large chunk of what he inherited from LRH on get-rich-quick schemes to double his money.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              and don’t forget the casino action.

            • GalacticGreg

              Recouped in spades no doubt. They don’t fuck around with their investment banking. Duggan and his boys and EU Investment bankers have made a lot of money for/with Miscavige.

            • Robert Eckert

              What makes you think so?

            • GalacticGreg

              Cuz of Cruize’s and Travolta’s and Duggan’s investment advisors. Dave gets some of the best investment banking advice available.

            • Robert Eckert

              But does he take advice? He might have sunk money into Reed Slatkin or the Feshbachs.

            • GalacticGreg

              I’m certain in this one area only he *does* take advice. I believe that Tom Cruise would be a huge influence on him in this area. Bert Fields and Paula Wagner have been massive influences on Tom. His money is stable, in investment banking management that is securing, and hedging, his portfolio. I think, too, Dave is shrewd enough to listen to Duggan and his VP of Finance, the OT8, the German, who is expert in EU Investment Banking. I have no doubt that Dave would listen, indeed, to those people to perpetuate the fortune that he grabbed control of in 1986 (or whenever). Sure, RE, he certainly lost some millions on wild schemes with Slatkin et al, going for the huge score for little $ down, but that was ‘Vegas’ money for him. The little shit has his 3,000 SeaOrgres eating rice and beans and then gambling the money he doesn’t spend on feeding people decently. Surely, if Dave sees Tom as a big being, he may very well label Duggan as such, I would bet on it that he does. So – yes, he’s taking advice in global investment banking from people throughout the year every year.

            • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

              Unfortunately, I tend to agree with you. I theorized that all of the legal expenses don’t even cut into the principal investments… That the litigious activities and private investigations are paid for solely by the interest earned. I just wanted to share JPC’s point of view, which was rather convincing imo.

  • TDA1541A
    • Sherbet

      The Church of the Holy Gummy Bear doesn’t sound any weirder than cos…or most other religions. There. I said it.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        You should see just the names of some of these 501C3′s. Honestly, it’s almost like some con artists Know the IRS won’t do a thing and they flaunt it. Church of the Holy Gummy Bear sounds like many. Others at least Try to conceal their scam and make it sound very much like legit charities and religions. Scientology does this too with their front group tentacles. Youth for Human Rights, etc.

        • GalacticGreg

          It’s regrettable that they have clever devices to shield and deceive. And the Youth one is very clever.

      • Missionary Kid

        I claim membership in the Innerspring Methodist sect, the Sunday Morning Bed Baptists, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster churches. I claim no deductions for my contributions, which are in-kind.

  • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

    The average work year for a person is around 1,960 working hours. That’s assuming 5 days of vacation and 10 public holidays.

    The average work year for an SO member is around 6,500 hours.

    Look at these salaries for ABLE employees who are SO members.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Well, those are the executive salaries…

      • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

        Hey if you’re the treasurer you can get almost $1 per hour, maybe.,..ish.

  • Madora P

    The government likes getting money, so the tax-exempt status could get revisited at any time.

  • aquaclara

    Much, much thanks to Jeffrey for obtaining these, Tony for sharing them, and MIke, for his comments.
    I jump in when I have a moment to read one of the returns, and lots of questions emerge beyond the big one – how do they get to keep all this money without paying taxes? It is an utter outrage, but no mainstream press would dare tackle a so-called CHURCH.

    anyway, random thoughts on Applied Scholastics:

    Why, for example, did Applied Scholastics make a loan to C. Craig Burton for just under $10,000?

    Note the sole grant given was to H.E.L.P. International, address 6336 Hollywood Blvd. for $59,019.
    Not a generous bunch, are they?

    In the slightly amusing category: Other assets: Fine art and antiques of $136,500 plus Collectible 10 volume Fiction set for $5, 377.
    Would that be the Ron Encyclopedia or the Basics? Who would consider this an asset?

    I also note (happily) that they have a written whistleblower policy. hahahaha. Maybe we can remind some people how to use this.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I was waiting for your fine analysis. Yeah, they have a problem with their definition of a) public and b) benefit, alike.

      Oh, and it’s G. Craig Burton. Yeah, he’s got lots of expenses, like trips to the airport.

      http://www.lisamcpherson.org/cpd_cd/1056.htm

      http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/library.php?t=G.+Craig+Burton

      http://vimeo.com/21572548

      • aquaclara

        AAh, Craig Burton. Looks like it could be some benefit (a pay-off?) in the form of a loan. Even after all these years, they are keeping him close by.
        The extent of the CONTINUED cover-up surrounding the Lisa McPherson case is beyond troubling.
        I hate reading tax returns, so my brain is jumping around a lot. There is a lot to pick through.

  • nosce

    He is not helping people, the people that keep him afloat don’t get paid for weeks or months on end. When I routed out of Bridge, they had to cut me a check for 1500.00 of back pay; that is how behind they were. What is the purpose of such a gluttonous accumulation of—dare I say it—MEST? What is the purpose?

    • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0

      Insanity. I’m not using hyperbole — that is the only logical explanation I can think of.

    • GalacticGreg

      Ron wanted to live like a Maharaj. (Thus, he bought the guy’s place in England in 1959.) Davey wants to live as a billionaire, also. So- that’s all there is.

      • GalacticGreg

        It’s important to consider how the 1/10th of 1 percenters think about wealth. If, for example, one wealthy person has $250 million and is living La Vida Fantastica y Grande, and someone makes the person look at say, a Walton sister’s wealth of $20 billiioin, well then, the person with $250 million feels kind of “small” in comparison. They want more. They want 4 times as much as they have, so that they can join the billionaires club.

        It’s scary to see their minds/spirits/souls consumed with riches-as-self-worth.

        • nosce

          What makes me sick is that many people hand over their life savings and max their credit, for this BS? — WOW. Sick really! – It is no like they are getting anything that will actually help them in anything in their lives.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Airplanes are a major measuring rod. It’s not enough to have the jet. It must be THE jet. And then it must be tricked out. And then there’s the staff for the jet. Until you find out the other guy’s jet has a tricked out hangar. On both coasts. And in Europe.

          It’s a never-ending contest among the upper upper upper wealthy.

          • Jack99

            It’s so hard to find jet staff these days.

    • aquaclara

      How long, might I ask, did your route-out take? Was it a handful of days or weeks? months?

      • nosce

        A month!

        • aquaclara

          Wow. A month just to try to leave without the door slamming you in the ass on the way out.
          Glad you’re out.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Aqua, that’s Fast!

            • aquaclara

              really??????????

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Oh my, yes. Try up to a year for some, although it depends on how much a liability someone is. If you happen to be at higher levels of the bridge for instance, you have to wait for an auditor that is at that level to do your sec checks. Higher level auditors are usually busy with OT public with lots of money, so spending time on your worthless butt, not available, sorry. That’s one easy way they stall you.

              Then you have all these write up your crimes lists and condition forumula write ups that have to be signed and approved by the majority of staff in your organization. And you have to do that in your “spare time” which as someone on the routing out category is pretty non existent and only say, in the middle of the night when few are around.

              And you are considered lower than dog doo, so anyone who tries to leave the approved route out way anymore is nuts to even try it unless they are smart enough to know to start acting crazy or threatening to sue or have family and friends who are going to the media and authorities if you aren’t released by such and such a date. Otherwise they keep you there to try and coerce you into staying, or just to torture ‘ya for good measure before you leave. Nice, huh?

            • aquaclara

              up to a year, with all of this, just to leave….it’s just awful. Thanks for enlightening me.
              I learn so much here every day.

    • Captain Howdy

      The purpose is that you were merely a plus or minus cost expenditure. The only thing that matters in CofS is UPSTAT or DOWNSTAT, and it’s been that way since DAY ONE.

  • 1subgenius

    “the haunted house of Scientology”

    Me likey

  • nosce

    I mean, it’s not like he gets to buy a mansion for himself to live in with his “wife” and “kids.” To me this is a head scratches!

  • ze moo

    Flag services in Clearwater only ‘made’ $52k on the hotel and restaurant businesses it runs? That is a very poor return on the large investments it made in the hotels. Ok, it was 2011, Stupor Powerz wasn’t open yet, but the 6 month sec check business was still going strong. That is not many paying customers. It will be very interesting to see the 2014 numbers for this. Product tie is obviously not a clam priority.

    • RMycroft

      That seems pretty low.
      * Scientology starts collecting bed tax when county questions why it wasn’t December 17, 2010, Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin, Tampa Bay Times
      * Tax neglect cost Pinellas County millions December 22, 2010, Editorial, St. Petersburg Times

      • ze moo

        “If the church were to book parishioners into 300 of its rooms on a
        given night, with room rates averaging, say, $200, the nightly sales tax
        collections would total $4,200. Projected over a full year, the state
        would get $1.5 million in sales taxes alone.

        Add the tourist tax, and the total grows by $1.1 million.”

        From the Tampa Bay Times story. Yeah, someone does seem to be underpaying their tax.

        • RMycroft

          Or Flag’s actual sold room-nights are a couple orders magnitude less than their capacity.

          • aquaclara

            Carol Nyland might know full well how many rooms are booked at Flag on a regular basis, AND the room rates.
            How do we find her?

    • Sunny Sands

      The hotel and restaurant businesses are not there to show a profit. They are there to guide the prey into the traps for donations for services, IAS, and the dozens of other fronts.

      • RMycroft

        Everything in Scientology is there to make a profit. It’s just that they ship the profit elsewhere in the organization. Local orgs can never show a profit because they start with 10% of their gross income ripped off the top and sent uplines.

  • Verve

    Eventually, all the leaked documents are going to force the government to either 1) do some something or 2) get publicly reamed.
    [edit- I tried editing this post and it reverted back. Darn, my grammar is atrocious there.]

  • Verve

    Eventually, all the leaked documents are going to force the government to either 1) do some something or 2) get publicly reamed.
    [edit- I tried editing this post and it reverted back. Darn, my grammar is atrocious there.]

    • cdub

      yeh

    • cdub

      yeh

    • Captain Howdy

      What government is that? The one that barely agree on a budget? The one that can keep the bullshit running for another six months if they’re lucky?

      • Verve

        Eh, call me an optimist(?).

        • Captain Howdy

          I’m gobsmacked that people in this husk of a country still believe it’s an on going concern. You have States openly talking about succession, you have millions of whacked-out white people in the suburbs and rural areas stockpiling weapons preparing for the next civil war, and you think your broke down system has the time or the inclination to deal with some silly space cult?

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            There’s probably a line out DM’s door waiting to buy in to his secret of 85%+ profit margins.

            Remember all those CEO’s and CFO’s of businesses that drooled in line begging for the opportunity to buy similar omg profit gain secrets … from Enron’s accounting firm, Arthur Anderson?

            How many of them are in jail and how many are still around, still drooling, and still in line?

          • GalacticGreg

            Once they doubled-down on Citizen’s United recently, the Supremes giving the corporations all the rights of any citizen in donating to elections, the thing is soon to be a plutocracy if it isn’t already. Money is power is proven time and again, day after day, decade after decade.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              That was kind of the last mini shock for me, ever the optimist, now downright sceeeered.

          • Sherbet

            And sitting in for Mooser today is Captain Howdy…

            • Captain Howdy

              You’re right and I’m sorry, but sometimes us prophets just gotta spew.

            • Sherbet

              I know, and I’m not really Little Mary Sunshine, but I wouldn’t be here on this cos death watch if I didn’t believe cos was going to collapse at some point. And I’m hoping vast dissemination of its questionable financial practices is part of the implosion.

            • Captain Howdy

              Future membership growth for CofS has been effectively terminated by the internet and Anonymous and the old guard critics, It’s name is MUD. It’s definitely headed for Shakerdom and that was the original goal.

              As far as bringing D.M to justice and the government doing anything about that, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

            • Mooser

              Well, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, even tho I’m supposed to be some kind of pessimist, a guy who sees a dark, half-filled glass, but I say 2014 will finish Sci as a functioning organization.

            • Sherbet

              The day DM goes to jail and the cult brought down, I promise you a lap dance in the middle of the Boston Common.

            • Captain Howdy

              Deal.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              I’ll bring refreshments. :)

            • Sherbet

              Sell tickets. We can get T-shirts with the proceeds.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              I know we avoid politics like the plague here, for good reason, but with everything that’s been going down, the environment here in the U.S. is getting so toxic with greed at the expense of humanity that scientology is just another dot in the landscape of greed at the expense of humanity. Politicians are not the boss of me and you. When the whales catch on, they’ll just move on to another dot. com and bow down to the real bosses. You can bet they know who they are. They fund their every move.

              http://i.imgur.com/0TMvnKw.jpg

            • DamOTclese2

              We are a theocratic corporate Fascist State, a mirror image of Nazi Italy, the very thing our fathers and grand fathers fought World War 2 to put a stop to. :(

            • Mooser

              “And sitting in for Mooser today is Captain Howdy…”

              He’ll need more puns, more mangled quotes, more incorrectly remembered lyrics, and way, way more absurdly wrong facts. But you know what they say about the sincerest form of flattery, so I don’t want to be too critical.

            • Sherbet

              Definitely, but it was yesterday’s, um, bullmoosery to which I am referring.

            • Mooser

              You mean the part where I started trumpeting (well, braying might be more the motts juice) and charged what turned out to be a bush, not a competing bull?
              You are right, I can be nearsighted and precipitate, and I can get things wrong.
              But I’ll tell you one thing about mooses. At least we don’t hunt in packs, like old hens. Nor do we go around calling people Scientology “infiltrators”.
              Although I have been said to be “surprisingly quick for such an ungainly looking creature”

            • Sherbet

              Seriously? We’ve become so familiar with your Bullwinkle-esque demeanor, that it’s a shock when you lose your temper. And you did yesterday. And that’s fine. Everyone should speak his/her mind. It was just a bit surprising.

            • Mooser

              I just love the way everybody is saying what I’m making people do I drove Frank Lee “off the board” (oh, the piquant overtones of “overboarding” there, huh?) I somehow drove Cat Daddy into getting himself banned even tho I was long gone, and had no idea he got banned later?
              And now they’ve worked up an entire plot, involving me, in which my excessive opposition to the e-meter proves I am a Scientology “infiltrator”.
              But of course, not directly to me, no, never that, they campaigned among themselves, and I happened to see it.
              I’m surprised they haven’t decided I’m actually David Miscavige.

            • TDA1541A

              Hello David I am Vladimir Putin, I am not gay altough I like to take my shirt of on occasion

            • Sherbet

              Calm down. You were un-Mooser-like, OK? That’s all. I’m not continuing this conversation. It’s unproductive. The enemy is cos.

            • Hingle McCringleberry

              I’m waiting for someone to A. Pull out a weave. or B. Throw a chair.

            • Sherbet

              It’s not going to be me. I get along with everyone, pretty much.

            • Robert Eckert

              It was not your “opposition to the e-meter” but your dishonesty about what other people were saying that has caused suspicion to fall on you. This has been pointed out to you so many times that your refusal to acknowledge it only underlines the problem.

            • Jo

              Mooser your not responsible for Cat Daddy getting banned. You are obsessed with the e-meter, maybe? Down with the cult, lets fight them together.

            • TDA1541A
            • grundoon

              Mooser’s e-meter obsession is small potatoes compared to some folks’ obsession with the Despicable Munchkin’s height or Krusty’s weight.

            • Robert Eckert

              Explain why you attacked and drove off the board Frank Lee, whom you had no call to be quarreling with at all. Perhaps you were simply an asshole, but it looked far more sinister. The people who have previously behaved in this manner, Flunk/Ziontologist and Marco/SignsofSuccess, are no longer with us.

            • Mooser

              “Drove off the board?” You know what Eckert? Whatever I did, whatever mistake I made, I made it myself. I didn’t plot, each one increasing by insinuation and malicious fantasy, without a single quote or reference with other posters.
              I’ve seen some rotten crap on the web, but that was one of the most cowardly displays I’ve seen in a while. As wonderful a display of men gathering their courage to bully.
              And that sir, is my firm opinion of the matter, so I really doubt there is much to discuss.

            • Robert Eckert

              “I didn’t plot, each one increasing by insinuation and malicious fantasy,without a single quote or reference with other posters” Now that is just not true. You invented things to put in other people’s mouths that they never said at all, and this was not the first time you spent all day doing this.

            • grundoon

              One person, out of hundreds who post here, gave Frank Lee some static in the form of two or three curmudgeonly comments. Frank couldn’t bear up under the trauma and announced he would never post here again, then continued to post. So I’m not sure he is really gone. Anyhow I hope he’ll pick himself up from his fainting couch and rejoin the party.

              Isn’t Mooser entitled to a comm ev before you declare and expel him?

            • Robert Eckert

              Demanding his personal information was a huge red flag for me.

          • Missionary Kid

            I believe the word is secession, not succession.

            • Captain Howdy

              By jove you’re right. Hey, do you wanna be the speech writer for my benevolent dictatorship?

            • Missionary Kid

              Naw. I have my own rants to write. ;-)

            • Mooser

              “I believe the word is secession, not succession.”

              That is your right as an American, and I firmly believe that is your right as a person. Just as it is my right to say, “oh, I see what he means, he must have typoed”.

            • Missionary Kid

              Welcome to the club. You’re almost as slow on the uptake as I am.

            • Mooser

              “You’re almost as slow on the uptake as I am.”

              Are you kidding? I’m like an e-meter, I react five seconds before anything happens! And I get all choked up to. It’s called presentiment.
              BTW, did you know the e-meter can prevent you from achieving telepathy? Bad, bad e-meter.

          • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0

            Je t’aime à la folie.

          • Verve

            Dude, put down the crack pipe (and the racism, while you’re at it) and relax. There are less secessionist people, number wise, than $cibots. Seriously, “millions” of people stockpiling weapons? I get it, you hate the US. Just don’t sound like some radio talk show host while you’re ranting at the country.

        • Sherbet

          You’re an optimistic little monkey and adorable.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        How about the guy who oversees or lobbies the very specific govt. department that handles, rules, and investigates matters of 501C(3)’s, like Fred Goldberg Jr., whose name sounds familiar. Oh yeah, that’s right, he helped create the IRS Agree(or Else!)ment for Scientology, Inc in the first place.

        Now he is perched high above to make sure status quo stays status quo, for scientology and other faux charity scams. And who is Fred’s boss? heh

        • And I don’t rent cars!

          “How about the guy who oversees or lobbies the very specific govt.
          department that handles, rules, and investigates matters of 501C(3)’s,
          like Fred Goldberg Jr. ..”

          Fred Goldberg, Jr.? THAT Fred Goldberg, Jr? Oh, no-o-o-o-o-o………………..

          Another “shock” fact in a day of “shock dox.” Un-freakin’-believable. How deep is the shit (and Co$ $$$$) piled around that guy?

          And as to your question about who is “Fred’s boss?” – well, sadly we know who the REAL boss is likely to be. [Hint: The person/group who supplements his gov't salary and doesn't require him to report the cash income nor gifts to the IRS, obviously. Makes me wonder how many cruises he's taken aboard Freewinds and how many ports of call he's made to Columbia with it.]

          Thanks, THDNE. It’s important to know facts like those, even when it’s despairing and disillusioning.

          Makes me so damn mad, I could kick my own tires!

          • Espiando

            Maybe if you’d rented cars on occasion, you’d be able to kick some tires guilt-free. When I rent cars, I find it difficult to limit my kicking to the tires.

            • And I don’t rent cars!

              Ah, I see. You keep a golfing iron next to the tire iron in the trunk. Good idea. Will do same. It’ll be handy whenever I need to go gonzo and pull a Jack Nicholson on someone.

              BTW, it was 20 years ago that he smashed someone’s windshield with 2-iron in a road rage incident.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Yeah, it was a shock to me when I first found out about good ole Fred’s career path after he left the IRS. While he is technically working for a legal firm now, he is a major lobbyist and he still sits on government advisory boards over these 501C3 matters.

            When you have billions to pay around with, you Do have the purchasing power to buy your way into and out of a lot of people and places that ordinary wealth can’t touch. And there are still names and players in that IRS agreement that are still protected secrets, so who knows.

  • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

    Here’s a fun tidbit.

    • Verve

      [edit- sorry, didn't refresh the page to see the doc]

      • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

        There’s an image…

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    Unless I am mistaken, the IRS would have very accurate records of all US “Income” from any scientology organization.

    scientologists are on top of those tax deductions like a duck on a junebug. You can bet that any “donations” to the IAS or CST (for the archives project) or any other tax exempt scientology entity are precisely documented in any US Citizen scientologist’s tax return.

    The IRS thus knows the yearly US scientology income from US scientologists practically to the penny.

    The very interesting project would be to compare that total income stream based on IRS records of deductions for scientology payments going back to the 70′s and 80′s (when I and my then wife and many other scientologists took tax deductions despite it not having tax exempt status) to the assets and operating expenses combined from then to today.

    I’m guessing that even with this huge property valuation, it is only a minor percentage of the amount of money that has been taken in. And valuing the “Super Power” building at around $200M is far less than the KNOWN donations from scientology published contribution lists. So where did all THAT money go?

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      $200 million? Not according to Pinellas County Appraiser. Try $84 million as of May 2013.

      “In May, members of Pinellas Property Appraiser Pam Dubov’s staff
      toured the Flag Building and confirmed all floors will be used for
      religious, tax-exempt purposes.

      The church had paid taxes on the property during years of stop and go
      construction. And Scientology pays property taxes on portions of some
      of its other holdings — spaces such as hotel rooms and restaurants used
      for commercial, non-religious purposes.

      This newest building, valued by Dubov’s office at $84 million, is fully off the property tax rolls.”

      http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/a-look-at-whats-inside-scientologys-long-delayed-flag-building/2152549

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Ahem.

        You cannot put a price on all that priceless Tech. It’s… sacrilegious.

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        Well, even worse. It’s the very definition of a modern malevolent fraudulent.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          “Malevolent Fraudulent” nice!

          • Michael Leonard Tilse

            Well, it seemed too obscure so I changed it. But I liked that phrase too.

      • joan nieman

        Unreal. It is absolutely ludicrous!

      • aquaclara

        Valuation and what someone paid for something usually align, but not always.

        We knew they overpaid on a price per square footage basis by a significant amount.

        The money point is so critical – because we know, don’t we, that many vendors were paid, and donated back to the cult, while other workers were from the Slave Org, paid peanuts.

        So for this whopper to still come in at $200Million means there is money out there, keeping Davey fat and happy at the thought of the greatest scam of all that he has pulled off.

        I mean, we don’t see COB writing any books, do we?

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Why no, no we don’t. And he doesn’t have to pay any of the now outrageous property taxes on buildings within a few miles from the coastline, or the even more now impossibly out the roof flood insurance rates. Or any kind of liability insurance. I mean, who’s going to sue if they have a heart attack on the gyroscope or pain machines? He’s got it made in the shade.

          • Panopea Abrupta

            And he knows shady , does our little Shady Davey, keeper of the crypt.

          • aquaclara

            The lack of insurance and worker’s comp is frightening. I saw one or two references to worker’s comp, but the amounts were a mere pittance.
            will have to find out more about worker’s comp and volunteers (thinking NN).

      • chukicita

        Appraisals are done for tax purposes, and don’t necessarily reflect FMV (fair market value) — usually there is a mill (percentage) involved in a formula. I used to work in an appraiser’s office, and we’d get calls daily from people who thought we were valuing their homes at about 1/3 the going rate. But it was for tax purposes, not for sale. A lot of factors go into the amount, including resale value based on recent nearby sales.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Understand that. But that’s interesting. I thought the figures on the tax forms were the tax appraiser values. Well, that’s a horse of a different color.

    • GalacticGreg

      Things like this- siphoning that money through deposits into banks in Cayman Islands, onto Lichtenstein, where Investment Bankers put that money into going ‘long’ on pounds Sterling; and the rest into an EU Hedge Fund.

  • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

    Check out this stuff “Limited use of facilities that may not be substantially related to tax exempt purpose”

    I wonder what “staff welfare” means because that’s an oxymoron in Scientology.

    $1 on R&D? Really for a corporation worth $400mil+ they recorded $1 on Research and Discovery…

    • cdub

      The R&D would be news to their public and staff since they make such a big deal out of their efforts to decode Hubbard’s blathering into new and updated rundowns.

      • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

        Actually it’s $1 in R&D that was “unrelated” to the “tax exempt purpose”. I find it fascinating that with $400mil+ in value, they recorded $1 of anything.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          They probably need a number in there, and 79 cents sounded so… silly.

          • cdub

            I’d love to know if they’ve been audited by the IRS recently.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Highly unlikely. We would have heard about it, I am sure.

            • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

              Didn’t you see this? Able promises they don’t need to be audited. *img*

          • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

            I don’t think there’s a major corporation in existence that could account for every dollar spent. Hell most of them probably consider 5% “How the hell should I know?” immaterial.

      • GalacticGreg

        And they (Dave) fixed 127,944 semi-colons that were mis-used in *all* of Hubbards 1950s-1980s writings.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      The R&D was finished by Source, doncha know.

    • RMycroft

      They wanted to see how far a dollar would go at Flag. Not very.

  • http://askanex.wordpress.com/ Derek

    You know the one thing that stands out most here in, “limited use of facilities that may not be substantially related to tax exempt purpose” is that I don’t see the money that was spent on the private investigators that were harassing the ex-Scientologists. By extension of that fact we can assume that harassment and litigation are part of the cult’s “cause”. I wonder how the IRS feels about that.?

    What activities can jeopardize a nonprofit organization’s tax-exempt status?

    A:

    IRS regulations prohibit 501(c)(3) public charities from engaging in specific types of activities and require certain levels of reporting and public disclosure. An organization that fails to abide by these rules may be placed under sanction or have its tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS. These regulations include:

    Private benefit/inurement – An organization may not permit an insider (someone with a personal or private interest in the organization) to benefit substantially from the activities of the organization.

    Lobbying – While 501(c)(3) organizations are permitted to engage in lobbying on some level, the amount of lobbying activities must be limited so as not to constitute a substantial portion of the organization’s activities.

    Political campaign activity/electioneering – 501(c)(3) organizations and their representatives (while acting in an official capacity) may not campaign for or against candidates for elected office.

    Unrelated business income (UBI) – An organization may lose its exempt status if it generates excessive income from a regularly-carried-on trade or business that is not substantially related to the organization’s exempt purpose.

    Annual reporting obligation – With the exception of churches and subordinate organizations, all 501(c)(3) public charities are required to file some version of the Form 990 with the IRS on an annual basis. While smaller organizations with gross receipts under $25,000 were previously exempt from this requirement, these charities must now file the Form 990-N (e-Postcard) each year in order to stay compliant.

    Operation in accord with stated exempt purpose – An exempt organization is expected to operate in accordance with the charitable purpose or purposes outlined in its application for recognition of tax-exempt status (Form 1023). An organization must notify the IRS of any substantial changes to its operating purpose.

    -img-

    • http://www.tingleff.org/jensting/muslinger/ Jens TINGLEFF

      Quite right, and isn’t this the period where CSI has admitted to funding a harassment campaign in the Texas case court filings? I bet captain David “he is NOT insane!” Miscavige thought that was a smart move. At the time…

    • Mooser

      “Private benefit/inurement – An organization may not permit an insider
      (someone with a personal or private interest in the organization) to
      benefit substantially from the activities of the organization.”

      So if Miscavige earns all of his money and perqs, he is indeed the very busy head of Scientology, and probably should be deposed.
      But if he doesn’t earn all the money he gets, it is inurement.
      That’s gonna be a sticky wicket.

  • Pierrot

    Outraged by the way co$
    openly subverts the law
    How they circumvent their taxes obligations.

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  • Science Doc

    I could see how this could be the beginning of something very important — collecting a more complete view of financials. And I can see how today’s documents could be useful in court filings to, for example, establish defendant’s ability to pay or gratuitous fund raising for super power, etc. But all I really learned from these is what I already know — real estate is expensive.

    • chukicita

      There were compiled on xenu-directory.net an extensive list of available 990s for Scn front organizations around 2008.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Forget “1984″. I believe we’ve just moved out of the dark underground bunkers and are now ….

      http://i.imgur.com/qrQFEcs.jpg

      • GalacticGreg

        “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” — Joni Mitchell.

        On Coming Up For Air, Orwell: “its view that speculative builders, commercialism and capitalism are killing the best of rural England, “everything cemented over” . . .”

    • Mooser

      “– real estate is expensive.”

      And unlike blue sky, they’re not making any more of it.

  • Truthiwant

    Here’s Ron relaxing, singing a song from Dark Side of the Moon after filing his tax return…

    • TDA1541A

      Right on L Ron !

      You go dude

    • Panopea Abrupta

      Base bass player

    • TDA1541A
      • Robert Eckert

        you crazy diamond

        • TDA1541A

          nice

      • GalacticGreg

        wow!!!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        I’m going to have daymares now.

    • valshifter

      that belt has to be held really tight to contain that gut.

  • chukicita

    In the ABLE 990, it mentions more than $395K wa spent for ‘staff training.’ I wonder what org that money went to – and where the money traveled from there. There is a lot of cross-pollenization of Scn entities within these documents. Just shuffling money from one hand to another.

    And great point Tony made about Rena Weinberg, who is evidently being paid a small amount to be a trustee for ABLE, but has been in the Hole for years (and wierd that some trustees and officers are paid, but others aren’t in the same organization).

    I wonder how many of these organizations have trustees that are sleeping under desks and/or playing musical chairs? I hope someone who is familiar with these names is making a list…

    • aquaclara

      Such excellent points, C. Staff training sounds like they paid off another cult group. It must take a conscious effort (by unconscionable folks) to move this much money around and keep track of all the moves in play.
      I did see a note somewhere in one that if someone was paid as an employee, they weren’t listed as being paid as a trustee. So we’re not seeing the total picture on paid amounts to trustees and officers. COB in here somewhere must be drawing a nice salary…..from several of these buckets, perhaps.

      • RMycroft

        Training is a common way for them to shift money around. People are summoned for mandatory training at higher organizations, and the money is stripped out of the local orgs–if they have any. They do it with Narconons too.

        The latest staff training for GAT-II was a massive cash move to the center.

        • aquaclara

          Oh, that’s right. I have to stop thinking of it as training, and more as money movement.
          So obvious. Sheesh, you would think I would remember this stuff by now.

          • RMycroft

            Follow the money!

            • aquaclara

              I wish we had a set of these returns from an earlier point in time to compare these to.

              I wish, too, that we could break down the buildings investments and align it to the tax returns to see if there is alignment, exaggeration or misplaced commas and decimal points.

              And I wish we had a complete list of all the returns. ALL. Even the trusts.

              What else do we want?

            • chukicita

              We have many 2008-era returns for Scn fronts available at xenu-directory.org, although not these organizations particularly.

            • aquaclara

              site link looks like it expired….

            • RMycroft
            • aquaclara

              Thanks!

            • chukicita

              No, it was my brain that expired. The link should read xenu-directory.net – Edited, thanks!

            • aquaclara

              Nice rabbit hole. I forgot it was there, and packed with quite excellent tax stuff as well.
              Thank you!

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Consultant fees is another one. Promotional expenses sometimes high. Way to Happiness booklets, for instance, they claim in ABLE’s form 100 million were distributed. in the WTH form, print costs total were under $10,000. Then there’s Royalty fees. They can just make that up since it all flows Upward.

            • aquaclara

              Grants, loans, royalty fees, training, consulting….all fake categories. sad.

  • outraged

    How has Scientology been getting away with these illegal financial shennanigans this for so many YEARS? There must be someone somewhere in the Congress or Senate protecting this scum of the scum.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    $cientology: a scum skim scam

  • http://www.Scientology.Org/ Tommy Davis

    You alien-infested wogs are just upset because LRH thought of it first. Ha ha, you are all such losers. We’re taking your money and committing massive tax frauds and there’s not a god damned thing you little bitches can do about it.

    We own the IRS. We get to make the rules. Simple as that.

    • DamOTclese2

      Well yeah but justice will eventually catch up to the Scientology ringleaders, crime bosses, and henchmen, and then the most criminal of the lot will be going to prison — even if it’s a post federal prison for rich criminals who get to check themselves out at night and return in the morning. :)

    • vistaril_LOL

      I’ll tell your mom you are on the internetz again Tommy. BTW you were ever so butch when confronting John Sweeney:)

      • DamOTclese2

        He was angry. REAL angry. :) Still it’s a shame that the real Tommy Davis is such a pants-soiling coward he won’t join us here. :( Gives me a sad, makes me think he does not like us. :( Any of us. :(

        Something we said?

    • DamOTclese2

      Oh and hey, I find it amusing that Tommy calls us all “little bitches.” :) Even if it’s not the real Tommy Davis (if there is one.) :) It’s a shame that Tommy doesn’t join us here in the ‘Bunker.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      You might have some who love you for your money, but you got no one who loves you for your heart.

      http://i.imgur.com/PGs2SqUl.jpg

    • valshifter

      when you blow, and is only a matter of time, you wont be able to speak to your Mom.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    I’m afraid I’m going to wake up in the morning, head for the shower and discover …

    http://i.imgur.com/SWnF9DB.jpg

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      (This is no dream, I am sorry to say.)

    • PRenaud

      hooo Bobby Ewing!! yeah he was a hunk of a man…

  • wannabeclear

    The alphabet soup of entities is completely confounding. Which entity is actually considered the “church”? Because as a church they are not even required to file a 990, except for unrelated business income. Anything fundraised or collected for courses is not required to be in these filings.

    • GalacticGreg

      There’s the $1.25 billion in I A S held funds, as there $ is all raised funds.

    • Missionary Kid

      It’s meant to be confounding.

  • outraged

    Does anyone know if this is true – tragic death of Peaches Geldorf which is currently under investigation was a result of the purif?

    http://blindgossip.com/?p=61625

    • Flower Tower Wowzer

      That creates a bit of confusion since she apparently left Scientology. Was she still getting services?

      • outraged

        I don;’t know. I just read the above link and there are 3 pages of comments about Peaches already. This is horrific. Two very young children are now motherless.

        Maybe she was under the radar but still involved, is that possible?

    • media_lush

      fuck me! ….. if this is true this will destroy Narconon and the celebrity appeal and make pariahs out of TC, Krustie, JT etc…. I know it’s a terribly morbid thing to want to be true but in the grand scheme of things it will do a huge amount of good!

      • outraged

        I thought the EXACT same thing. You had the courage to say it. YES. If this is really true and her husband has balls, this can bring down the house.

        http://youtu.be/g42Xg-mAkGg

    • TDA1541A

      Radaronline calls DIBS on it

      http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/04/scientology-peaches-geldof/

      ” Only RadarOnline.com has all the details of her secret history with the
      controversial church, and why it wasn’t enough to save her.”

    • Sherbet

      Wow, that’s a bombshell IF it turns out to be true.

    • Jgg2012

      If so, her estate has a big wrongful death case impending against Scientology. Good thing it has millions of dollars.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    RED-X RED-X RED-X

    The lies, the cheating, the fair gaming, the disconnections
    The starving slaves, the bankruptcies, the suicides

    YOU CAN DO SOMETHING

    https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-71#post-2443457

  • Seannie5

    My god, that is DISGUSTING. Shame on anyone funding such a crooked and criminal organisation

  • And I don’t rent cars!

    The IRS defines a “church” by using a 14-point test. Some of the criteria of what constitutes a church are
    regular services, Sunday school, ordained ministers and a regular congregation. But I read that it rarely uses or enforces their 14-point test anymore.

    Here is a snippet from a document that outlines the 14 point test. [The word "Service" signifies Internal Revenue Service.]

    “To apply the “common meaning and usage” of the word “church,” the Service attempted to identify historically or judicially recognized objective characteristics of churches. The result was the so-called “fourteen points test,” which was later expanded to include a fifteenth criterion – any other facts and circumstances. The word “test” is misleading, as there is no minimum number of criteria an organization must meet to be classified as a church. Rather, the criteria serve as a guide to assist case-by-case analysis.

    In applying the analysis to determine whether a religious organization may properly be characterized as a church, the Service considers whether the organization has the following characteristics: (a) a distinct legal existence, (b) a recognized creed and form of worship, (c) a definite and distinct ecclesiastical government, (d) a formal code of doctrine and discipline, (e) a distinct religious history, (f) a membership not associated with any other church or denomination, (g) an organization of ordained ministers, (h) ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed studies, (i) a literature of its own, (j) established places of worship, (k) regular congregations, (l) regular religious services, (m) Sunday schools for religious instruction of the young, (n) schools for the preparation of its ministers, and (o) any other facts and circumstances that may bear upon the organization’s claim for church status. See IRM 7(10)69, Exempt Organizations Examination Guidelines Handbook, text 321.3(3).

    The fifteen criteria are not an attempt to quantify the factual circumstances required for recognition as a church. Determinations are not made solely on the number of characteristics an organization possesses. Given the variety of religious practice, the determination of what constitutes a church is inherently unquantifiable. Attempts to use a dogmatic numerical approach might unconstitutionally favor established churches at the expense of newer, less traditional institutions.”

    The rest of the document deals specifically with how a “congregation” would be determined by the IRS (in this case a TV or radio based congregation of a religious broadcaster). http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/eotopica94.pdf

    Keeping in mind the Co$’s purchase and plans for the KCET broadcast studio in LA and the fundraising already started for an “auditorium” in LA, this pdf file would be a good resource document for those following the Co$ plans for a “religious” (i.e., scientology) station or perhaps, even a network – I’m not sure which.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    I submit for evidence that ScientologyDoesNotExist, Exhibit 12, from Mikey’s place. Now Miscavige has ordered all products, books and materials to be destroyed. But keep those IAS payments floating in so he can continue to Protect scientology materials! hahahahahahahha. Scientology = selling eternity, shell company. IAS = protecting your eternity, real company.

    “Target 5 of I HELP INT ED 128, GOLDEN AGE OF TECH PHASE II, I HELP MASTER IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM, says:
    “Get all pre-Golden Age of Tech Phase II materials (including Mark
    Super VII Quantum E-Meters and accessories) collected up and sent to the
    BSO of your nearest org for disposal. A list of these is attached to
    this issue.”

    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/send-materials-meters-disposal/

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Okay you legal and financial brains, isn’t there some law or laws that are being violated when materials including Basic book libraries and emeters were being sold with great deal of pressure up to the day before the new books and meters were laid out and members ordered to buy new ones of everything? How is this not fraud? Maybe something else? It’s not like the new books and new meters just materialized overnight all by themselves.

      • aquaclara

        It’s not the selling that’s the problem, I think. It’s the making people return stuff, and making people buy stuff that’s not legal.

        Generally, you’re perfectly free to buy the current/old model of anything, as “new and Improved” comes along. We’ve talked about cars, but here are some other analogies.

        With technical upgrades, like when HD came along, or lightbulbs changed over, no one ordered that you return your old stuff.

        Food products expire, but that’s shelf life safety, and stores are prohibited from selling them in the first place.

        Occasionally, schools change the uniform requirements and they inform the students and parents often two years ahead, and plan a phase-in period.

        Even with Vatican II, back in the late 60′s when we stopped using Latin at Mass and replaced the church missalettes, the church introduced the changes over time, put new Mass books in the pews, spent many months explaining and practicing the changes. No one was required to spend money on anything new, or return anything old.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          tks, Aqua. I thought since these materials are Required, and they were being sold even though mangement Knew they would be worthless the next day, that it would fall under fraud umbrella.

          Well, the good news is that this will push out many more of the few remaining customers.

          • aquaclara

            It’s so difficult, because where the fraud is is in attributing any scientific credence to an e-meter in the first place. And in allowing an organization to exist that extracts severe punishments for trying to leave or not following the rules.

            Free choice usually applies to how people choose to spend their money, to purchase “religious artifacts” or useless books promising that one will be a better human being. Most voluntary organizations try to do well by their members, and want them to be happy.

            But of course, we know there is no free choice in the cult, and the punishments are horrific, and even sometimes deadly.

          • aquaclara

            One note on the high pressure sales tactics- they are not usually illegal, unless there is a threat or coercion.

            Misrepresentation could perhaps be fraud, but where would we even begin with claims of misrepresentation in a declared faith-based organization filled with pile upon pile of woo?

            The Oxford test? OT 3? The ashtray stuff?

            Narconon is fraudulent and criminal. Ditto selling misrepresented and coerced crosses on a building (to multiple people) and the slave treatment in the Sea Org and the RPF. And coerced abortions.

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        It’s all ecclesiastical, and they are donations, doncha know?

  • Tony Ortega

    NEW POST UP

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      Well, Thank You Jesus!

      It was getting so-o-o boring in the Bunker lately. [happy, somersaulting-with-joy emoticon goes here]

      As if you didn’t give us enough to read with your late night and stunningly glorious post – “Shock Dox” – followed by regular updates today, you now also expect us to refresh our screens, open up a new tab, read something as equally shocking as last night’s post, or something else just as exhausting? How are we suppose to get some rest? Or have time for Lenten prayers? Or, for some of us who shall remain anonymous, a little Opus Dei inspired self-flagellation? Or have a life, even? Or lin…

      As I’m sure Church Lady would say, “Are you……….. SATAN?!!!!”

      No seriously, thank you very much. Absolutely no complaints. We’re all hellbent to see more anchor bolts pulled out of this “church’s” foundation. Go Tony! Go Tony!

      And to think, there will be news coming out of Monique Rathbun’s court case tomorrow as well. So as soon as you can put it out, we’re here to devour it.

      P.S. Don’t forget to take care of yourself during these exciting, historic times. Don’t forget to feed the cats, the dog, and yourself. Oh yeah, I’m sure you all will also get awfully “thirsty” so don’t forget the water bowls and your favorite watering hole.

      (REFRESH – only if you want to see SNL’s Church Lady)

  • BigRolly

    What is the name of the bank in which C of S banks these amounts? Any idea?

    • BigRolly

      P.S. I think C of S makes one bank very happy with all that cash…

  • Jgg2012

    The larger it is, the more tempting it is for the IRS to go after them.

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      I believe the snippet below explains WHY the IRS hasn’t stepped in and WHY it won’t – not within our lifetime anyway. There have been too many legal challenges and IRS decisions that protect churches from audits and financial disclosure and there is the fundamental right of freedom of religion that is intrenched in the US Constitution. I don’t believe there will be any political will to address or modify any of those any time soon.

      From a recent NPR news story (about TV evangelists): http://www.npr.org/2014/04/01/282496855/can-a-television-network-be-a-church-the-irs-says-yes

      “But the truth is, Marcus Lamb [TV evangelist and eccliastical leader of his Daystar "church"] doesn’t have to worry about the IRS asking if Daystar qualifies for church status or auditing its books.

      Because of a quirk in rules by the IRS, the agency has effectively stopped auditing churches for the past five years.

      “As of now, and in fact since 2009, the IRS has not to the best of my knowledge” audited a church, says Owens, the tax attorney and former IRS official. “In fact, I don’t believe [it] can conduct an audit of a church,”

      The Church Audit Procedures Act states that a high-ranking Treasury Department official must sign off if the IRS demands a church’s records. But since a court ruling in 2009, the IRS has not changed the law to specify who that high-ranking official should be. And here’s the catch: until that happens, there’s no one in the government to authorize a church audit.

      NPR repeatedly asked for an explanation from the IRS about the hiatus in church audits, but it declined to comment.”

      I think you will find the whole NPR story of interest, especially in light of the Co$’s purchase of KCET broadcasting studios in LA and recent fundraising for a new “auditorium” also in LA. They announced plans to build either a scientology channel or a “religious” network (I forget which). The studio itself is called “Mad Hatter Studios” the last I heard.

      It’s hard to imagine Miscavige becoming a TV evangelist (not a good one anyway) but with a rotating schedule of their most effective speakers (the ones we see advertised in their fundraising fliers, WISE workshops, Celebrity Centre and Freewinds presenters, etc) they could fill in a 24 hour broadcast period quite easily. A religious broadcast station or network would fit in nicely, I think, with their newest marketing and advertising campaigns slogan of “spiritual + technology = scientology” with technology also referring to their new medium for dissemination – television – in addition to the references to the new e-meter and the “tech,” internet based courses and YouTube videos.

  • cdub

    do you think this is the mad hatter software the c of s int is referring to:
    https://archive.org/details/mad-hatter-software-catalog-1979
    if so they’re just making things up out of a catalog they found in the bottom of a desk

    • RMycroft

      They have a Mad Hatter Studios. (Named for the work of that “famous german mathematician” according to Hubbard.)

  • Gene Trujillo

    When I first encountered the rabid fund raising within CofS in the early 90s, I thought at first it was because the overall organization was as broke as my own org. That was the only way I could justify it to myself. But as years went by, I saw literally hundreds of millions of dollars flow into the organization with almost zero going towards things staff pay, healthcare, childcare, education of SO kids etc, and even very little going towards widespread “dissemination”.

    Despite the nearly constant demands for money for uplines and the horrific poverty that pervaded the orgs I was familiar with, in time I began to suspect that CofS as a whole was not really as broke as I had originally thought. How could it be when it sucks so much money out of the public and provides so little material good to its workers?

    Much the same as I began to suspect that all of the “wins” and skyrocketing “stats” presented at Int events weren’t strictly as portrayed, othewise we would have “cleared” this planet long ago.

    By then I had seen physical and emotional abuse and knew that pregnant SO members were pressured to have abortions they didn’t want. I realized that the CofS wasn’t the group I thought it was. If it had actually operated on the basis of “optimum survival across ALL dynamics” I probably never would have left but it turned out to be not the group I thought it was. Learning those things made the decision easy.

    Hopefully, having documents like these will make it easy for even more to get out. Certainly few people would be naive and stupid enough to get involved now. It wasn’t so clearly documented in the 90s.

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      Thank you for your post. Your experience with the Co$ [I'm sorry you had to go through that!] and your insightful comments add a lot to our “knowledge base” here in the Bunker. A belated welcome and looking forward to more of your posts.

      Cars

      BTW, I hope you know Tony has another post up (on a different topic) and most everyone has rushed over to it. His new post went up about an hour ago. Hope to see you there.

  • Jonathan Cummings

    With all this money, the cult should be ashamed of how little it pays it’s Sea Org members (excluding the miniature, mercurial natured, narcissistic, madman running the illegal business masquerading as a church) and the shit they are forced to eat. The sad reality is that this cult has plenty of money to keep itself alive for years to come. I can only hope that the mass exodus of parishioners will take the cult down. cob cannot run a successful cult if nobody is there to follow his directives. Tick Tock

  • Jgg2012

    Wait, Narconon is listed? I thought they told courts in Oklahoma, Georgia and elsewhere that is not part of Scientology.

    • http://www.tingleff.org/jensting/muslinger/ Jens TINGLEFF

      and they got away with it!

  • Sydjazz

    Oh come on take the tax exemption away. Can’t the irs see what they are missing out on?

    • DodoTheLaser

      Just 4 bil. Nothing to see here.

  • J. Swift

    The release of these 990-T’s means that there is now absolutely no reason whatsoever for
    anyone to ever donate money again to the Church of Scientology.

    The basic financial picture is now in place: >$1.5 billion in real estate and at least $2 billion in cash.

    The Church of Scientology is wealthy and does not need any donated money for decades to come. The Church cannot claim it is broke or needs money on a dire emergency basis. Those were all lies propounded to members by a greedy and fraudulent organization.

    There are more 990-T’s coming.

    • DodoTheLaser

      Keep on rocking and be safe, good sir!

    • 0tessa

      Agreed. And they can deliver all their ‘services’ for free so that finally their planet can be cleared.
      But, of course, that is not really want they want …