Scientologikirkens regnskap i Australia

Takket være alt bråket omkring en ny “Charity Comission” i Australia, leverer nå den lokale Scientologikirken regnskap. Tall fra 2011 og 2012 er offentliggjort, og kommer til å bli analysert de nermeste dagene:

Tony Ortega:

Storbritannia har visst åpnet bøkene sine også, skriver Ortega.

And now, today, another telling disclosure. We have the latest filing for the finances of Scientology’s organizations in the UK which, for bizarre reasons we’ll explain in a minute, are actually registered with Australia’s national charities commission.

It was journalist Bryan Seymour who publicized what a strange setup Scientology UK has in South Australia. See, in the UK, Scientology does not have charity status. So, in order to get around regulation there, the UK orgs are registered as a company called “Church of Scientology Religious Education College, Inc. or COSRECI, which is based in Adelaide, Australia, where Scientology is recognized as a church. And that has all of the orgs and missions in Britain being registered to a suburban address on the other side of the world, probably for tax avoidance reasons.


One of the things COSRECI claims in its latest information statement to the charities commission is that the orgs and missions in the UK have no actual employees, but operate with the help of 700 volunteers. (On Monday, we learned that Scientology claims a similar situation in Australia, with zero employees and 500 volunteers). For those who may have worked in the Sea Org, with its 100-hour weeks for pennies an hour, and years with no days off, that notion of “volunteer” may seem a bit strained.

So anyway, we have now for you the latest annual report from COSRECI (for the year 2013), which it submitted to Australia’s charities commission — but again, it actually records the financial dealings of Scientology’s operations in the UK, not Australia.

The report claims that UK Scientology took in income of £12,535,163 ($19,434,516 in US dollars) in 2013, which is a little down from the previous year. But expenditures for the year were £13,738,269 — leaving a deficit of £1,203,106.

We showed the annual report to Mike Rinder, Scientology’s former top international spokesman and a native Australian now living in Florida, and he pointed out how COSRECI managed to show a deficit and avoided having to pay any taxes on profit.

Jupp, australierne ser ut til å ha fått hull på noie av verkebyllen.

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