List of TIGTA ROI Files, Indices & FOIA Letters on Church of Scientology Tax Exemption

R. M. Seibert filed this request with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2015-FOI-00068
Status
Completed

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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 record summary, file indices and FOIA letters that are pertaining to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) Report of Investigation (ROI) files:

(1) A record search list summarizing all of the TIGTA Office of Investigation ROI files, including the corresponding file number and date(s) issued/closed, which generically mentions "Church of Scientology" or specifically refers to any of the Scientology-affiliated corporations listed below:

Applied Scholastics International (California)
Association for Better Living and Education International (California)
Author Services, Inc. (California)
Bridge Publications, Inc. (California)
Building Management Services (California)
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc. (Florida)
Church of Scientology Flag Ship Service Organization (Delaware)
Church of Scientology International (California)
Church of Spiritual Technology (California)
Citizens Commission on Human Rights (California)
Criminon International (California)
Hubbard College of Administration International (California)
IAS Administrations, Inc. (Delaware)
International Hubbard Ecclesiastic League of Pastors (California)
Narconon International (California)
Religious Technology Center (California)
Scientology Missions International (California)
Social Betterment Properties International (California)
The Way to Happiness Foundation International (California)
World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, Inc. (California)
Youth for Human Rights International (California)

(2) A copy of the file indices, listing the documentation contained therein, for the TIGTA ROI file(s) identified in your record searches for item (1) above. Please note, I am not asking for the actual investigative documentation in these ROI files at this time. I am merely seeking an index outlining the contents in each file.

(3) All FOIA request letters and the corresponding final determination/response letters that mentions "Church of Scientology" generically, or where any of the TIGTA ROI files identified in your record searches for item (1) above was specified in the request or deemed potentially responsive to the request. This should only include correspondence documents, and not the responsive documents that were granted to the requester.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest due to the unique aspects of the Church of Scientology's controversial tax exemption and the undetermined reasons behind why special tax privileges were granted to this organization. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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.

Sincerely,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: R. M. Seibert

Dear Ms. Fulton:

Thank you for the timely response on my FOIA request and I apologize for failing to specify a time frame on my initial letter.

Please use the period beginning January 1, 1989 and ending December 31, 2014 for processing Disclosure File # 2015-FOI-00068.

Sincerely,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 2, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-FOI-00068.

Thank you for your help.

From: Fulton Darlene R TIGTA

Good morning Ms. Seibert,

Please see a copy of the 10 business day extension letter attached, that was prepared for mailing yesterday. We apologize for the delay in responding to your FOIA request. We are a very busy office that works diligently to process FOIA requests timely. If we can complete your request before March 11, 2015, we will contact you.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Darlene R. Fulton
Government Information Specialist
Office of Chief Counsel, Disclosure Branch
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)
(202) 622-3889 - Direct
(202) 622-4068 - Main
(202) 622-3339 - Fax

From: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Fulton Darlene R TIGTA

Good afternoon Ms. Seibert,

We apologize but we must ask for an additional ten (10) business days to process your FOIA request. We expect to issue a final response to your FOIA request on or before March 26, 2015.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Darlene R. Fulton
Government Information Specialist
Office of Chief Counsel, Disclosure Branch
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)
(202) 622-3889 - Direct
(202) 622-4068 - Main
(202) 622-3339 - Fax

From: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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