Question: IN RUNNING A CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY IS THERE ANY GOVERNMENTAL ASSISTANCE RECEIVED?
Answer: Every country’s government has their own regulations that have to be complied to, however, in the United States there are specific privileges provided with regard to taxes:
- A religious organization may also pay an allowance for the housing of a minister. Referred to as “parsonage” the amount is excludable from taxable income. Reasonable costs for providing your housing, including utilities, is deductible by law. This means you may be able to receive your housing tax-free if you are an ordained minister.
- An ordained minister may choose not to be part of the social security system. Under the law, an ordained minister may become exempt on taxes on funds received from ministering his or her religion. Likewise, a minister is exempt from self-employment tax.
- Missions are exempt from payment of corporate income tax. Most state and local income taxes are automatic with this federal exemption.
- In many cases, a mission will be eligible for exemption on real property and/or personal property taxes.
- Your mission will be exempt from any sales tax on donations for religious services in the U.S. In some states, religious organizations are also exempt from sales tax on materials such as bookstore items.