Trump thinks Scientology should lose tax-exempt status

By John Bowden

President Trump has thrown his support behind removing the Church of Scientology’s tax-exempt status, according to a Huffington Post report.

Twitter messages from a Trump family friend and top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development claim that Trump and his family “couldn’t agree more” that the church should lose its tax-exempt status.

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

Patton is a longtime friend and business associate of the Trump family who has worked with the Trumps since 2009. Last year, she spoke in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention in June.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. From the article above:

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

    Oh good! No time like the present!

    And while you’re at it…

  2. As it says on the RDFS home page twitter link – Broken clocks are right twice a day!

    @OP – Twitter messages from a Trump family friend and top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development claim that Trump and his family “couldn’t agree more” that the church should lose its tax-exempt status.

    But of course Trump and trumpies, Twitter on, showing no indication of understanding the procedures necessary to bring this about!

  3. Trump is right about that. But the Church of Scientology is not so wholly different than other churches. They all practice forms of mind control and they should all pay taxes.

    Speaking of taxes, we are in the hands of professional con artists and traitors in business suits masquerading as politicians. Elizabeth Warren said this:

    I’m fighting tooth and nail to defeat the new Republican tax scam making its way through Congress.

    I’m fighting this because the Republican tax scam could be another nail in the coffin for America’s middle class. It’s a 1.5-trillion-dollar tax giveaway—the biggest tax giveaway to giant corporations in modern history. It’s a bill so insulting to working families that it actually gives Wells Fargo—the company that created millions of fake accounts to cheat its customers—the largest tax break of all.

  4. Meanwhile – he thinks that corporate America should have more tax exempt status while pretending this is benefiting the ordinary citizens whose services are being cut, and whose national debt liabilities are being increased!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42205181

    US senators have passed a sweeping tax cuts bill, paving the way for Donald Trump’s first big legislative victory.

    The package would mark the biggest tax overhaul since the 1980s. It was passed by 51 votes to 49, after a series of amendments in a marathon session.

    Democrats complained it only benefited the wealthy and big business.

    The plan sees a sharp cut in corporation tax, but a Senate committee finding has warned it would add $1tn (£742bn) to the budget deficit.

    The Senate will now have to merge its legislation with that passed last month by the House of Representatives, before it can be signed into law by the president.

    The new tax plan would see the corporate tax rate lowered from 35% to 20%, and include more modest tax cuts for individuals across income levels.

    Following the vote, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said his opponents would pay the price at the ballot box in mid-term elections next year.

    He said the measures would endanger social security and medical provision.

    Democrats were angry about the last-minute revisions, complaining that they had not been given enough time to digest the nearly 500-page document, with handwritten changes to the legislation.

    The only Republican senator who refused to back the legislation was Bob Corker.

    “I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that… could deepen the debt burden on future generations,” he said.

    On Thursday, the non-partisan Senate Joint Committee on Taxation found that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would add significantly to the federal deficit over a decade.

    The report contradicted a White House claim that economic growth would compensate for the tax cuts.

    So basically, they are borrowing money and cutting services, to give away large sums of money to the very rich, – and a few temporary cosmetic scraps to some of the ordinary citizens!

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