In his outstanding op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, director Alex Gibney took a bold public stand in demanding that the IRS and the US Congress hold the Church of Scientology accountable for its sweeping and documented abuses of tax exemption.
Gibney knows whereof he speaks for he and his colleagues experienced firsthand the malicious and vindictive conduct of Scientology while making and releasing his acclaimed documentary Going Clear on HBO. The documentary garnered Gibney and his team seven Emmy nominations and three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Documentary.
Leah Remini is now repeating Gibney’s call in her powerful new A&E series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
What can you do to help?
You can file a simple one page PDF form with the IRS and then e-mail to the IRS at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRS Form 13909 is a one page form that allows anyone – you don’t have to be an American citizen — to report the Church of Scientology and its related tax exempt entities for abuses of tax exemption. Download the form here. Scroll down for simple and easy instructions on how to fill out the form. As it states at its website, the IRS wants to hear from the public:
Sections 1 and 2 of Form 13909 ask for basic information including the address and the EIN number of the Scientology corporation about which you’re complaining. In the example below, I have filled out information for the Church of Scientology International (CSI). CSI is the actual corporate entity that manages the “Church of Scientology.”
The EIN numbers and addresses for the six key Scientology corporations:
Church of Scientology International – EIN 59-2153393
6331 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1100
Hollywood, CA 90028
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization EIN 59-2143308
210 S. Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, Florida 33756-5109
Church of Scientology Flag Ship Service Organization EIN 59-2143308
118 North Fort Harrison
Clearwater, Florida 34615
US IAS Members Trust EIN 52-1840679
1311 New Hampshire Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Church Of Scientology Religious Trust EIN 91-6254980
6331 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1011
Hollywood, CA 90028
Religious Technology Center EIN 93-0801236
1710 Ivar Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Sections 2, 3, and 4 ask for details.
What you can do: To make a general complaint, check the last box marked “Other” and demand that the IRS investigate Scientology for its violations of public policy: Spending tax exempt dollars to engage in spying, stalking, harassment of former members and critics — and the publication of hate websites that defame and libel former Scientologists, critics, and journalists.
Examples of the Church of Scientology using 501(c)(3) tax exempt dollars to engage in both propaganda and systematic violations of public policy:
• The Church of Scientology International spends tax exempt dollars to pay attorneys to hire private investigators for the purposes of engaging in systematic acts of spying, harassment, and intimidation directed against former members of the Church, critics, journalists, and filmmakers who expose Church abuses. Private investigators are paid tax exempt dollars to follow, photograph, and collect data on their “targets” and report this information back to the Church. This is part of a Church of Scientology conspiracy to attack, intimidate, silence, and destroy these people.
• Paying attorneys to hire private investigators who then illegally purchase the phone records of against former members of the Church, critics, journalists, and filmmakers who expose Church abuses. This illegal invasion of privacy is done in order to have Scientology-paid PI’s track the calls and contacts of former members of the Church, critics, journalists, and filmmakers.
• Using illegal means to obtain the flight and other travel information of former members of the Church, critics, journalists, and filmmakers in order to stalk and harass them.
• Making public the contents of private confessional data of former Scientologists in an attempt to smear, impugn, and humiliate former Church members who speak out against the abuse of the Church.
• The Church of Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs pays tax exempt dollars to hire writers, videographers, and social media specialists to create false, defamatory, malicious, and deceptive propaganda in the form of hate websites and publications. This malicious content is directed against former members of the Church, critic, journalists, filmmakers, and others who publicly expose Church of Scientology abuses.
• Paying for Google ad campaigns to promote Scientology’s malicious hate websites and smear campaigns directed against former members of the Church and critic, journalists and filmmakers who expose Church abuses
• Spends countless millions of dollars on lawyers to defend David Miscavige and the Church from the legal consequences arising from their own illegality, e.g. the Squirrel Busters.
• Deceptive and misleading fundraising activities. For instance, are monies raised by the IAS to “defend the Scientology religion” really meant to fund David Misavige as he spies on former Church members, critics, people in the media, and even his own father? Are these monies intended to fund Scientology’s malicious activities and then pay for endless lawyers to defend these activities as happened with the Squirrel Busters?
• Contrary to IRS Code, the Church of Scientology and its related entities do not make their 990 information widely available to the public. CCHR appears to be the only exception and publishes its 990’s online.
To make a specific complaint about the Church of Scientology — such as its refusal to issue repayments on “monies on account” or the way in which Scientology regges engages in misleading, deceptive, or manipulative fundraising practices, please include specific details:
1. Write a statement of facts and include relevant documents. Include these with the IRS complaint Form 13909. When I fill out the online 13909 PDF I save it. I then add documentation in the form of additional PDF’s, When complete, I combine multiple PDF’s into one PDF and e-mail it to the IRS: email@example.com.
2. Be sure to date and sign the form and include your contact information. You may wish to check the box marked “I am concerned that I might face retaliation or retribution if my identity is disclosed” if you have concerns about Church retaliation. Note: You can submit the form anonymously.
3. Send it to the IRS by one of three methods:
• Email: Prepare your documents as PDF’s or web links, and send your complaint form with supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Fax: fax your documents to (214) 413-5415
• Mail: mail your documents to:
IRS EO Classification
Mail Code 4910DAL
1100 Commerce Street
Dallas TX 75242-1198
You can also write letters to the Ms. Tamera Ripperda, Director of Exempt Organizations, IRS. She is located at 1111 Constitution Avenue, Washington D.C. 20224.