IRS Investigation files on leaked Scientology Closing Agreement

R. M. Seibert filed this request with the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America.
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From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all releasable documents from any investigation files regarding the unauthorized disclosures of confidential tax information related to the Church of Scientology final agreement being leaked to the Wall Street Journal and reported on in an article by Elizabeth MacDonald printed on December 30, 1997. See:

The IRS issued a press release on December 31, 1997 regarding this leak that seemingly indicated the Office of the Chief Inspector would be looking into incident further. See:

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest due to the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 eliminating the Office of the Chief Inspector (IG) and transferring the investigation function of that position to the Treasury IG for Tax Administration in early 1999 (see ). Nothing further was ever publicly reported on the outcome of the investigation into this leak prior, or after, that transfer of responsibilities. Therefore, disclosure of whatever became of that effort is directly related to the public having a better understanding of how the government operates when confidential information is disclosed.

Additionally, the requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Ms. R. M. Seibert


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Internal Revenue Service

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.