posted on May, 23 2008 @ 10:18 AM
Originally posted by Rockpuck
I had heard that the Scottish Rite in California actually had to apply as a "religious" institution to get tax exempt status. I don't know if
it's true, I remember it being discussed on ATS so I will continue looking for the article.
I have in my possession a memo issued by Grand Commander Seale on the subject. I do not have permission to publish the letter, but to summarize it,
Brother Seale, who is himself an attorney by profession, studied the ruling.
The Scottish Rite did not apply for religious recognition; rather, the courts simply considered on their own whether the federal "religious land
use" statutes would apply. The Court of Appeals ruled that since the Scottish Rite is not a religion, it does not apply.
This had to do with state property taxes, not federal income taxes. Here in my state, all Masonic organizations pay state property taxes.
[edit on 23-5-2008 by Masonic Light]