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The tax code makes no distinction between authentic religions and fraudulent startup “faiths,” which benefit at taxpayers’ expense.

In spring 2010, Oklahoma awarded tax exempt status to Satanist group The Church of the IV Majesties. [8] In Mar. 2004, the IRS warned of an increase in schemes that “exploit legitimate laws to establish sham one-person, nonprofit religious corporations” charging $1,000 or more per person to attend “seminars.” [28] The Church of Scientology, which TIME Magazine described in May 1991 as a “thriving cult of greed and power” and “a hugely profitable global racket,” [29] was granted federal income tax exemption in Oct. 1993. The New York Times reported that this “saved the church tens of millions of dollars in taxes.” [30]

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