Time may have run out for getting Repayments from the Church of Scientology and its Missions
I know of several people who are long out of the church and still have money on account. They know they are never going to do any more services, but they just haven’t gotten around to asking for their unspent money back. Some have even said that they didn’t want to cause a fuss or upset the staff they used to know.
I know these people have been reading the grim news about church stats and have all heard about shrinking orgs and vanished missions, but they seem to have the idea that their money is still safe in the org or mission where they paid for services.
Let’s take missions for example. After the mid ’80s, all missions that I was familiar with operated with no margin for error. Income barely covered bills and little was left for staff pay. Some missions were subsidized by the mission holder and all depended on the efforts of volunteers to stay open. If someone donated for a major package, that money usually went to pay off back debts so the mission could continue to operate. When it came time to deliver those services, the mission might not still be open. The Long Beach mission sold a package that they could not deliver and then closed. I am sure that this happened in other missions also. I delivered the services to the unfortunate pc because I felt that it was necessary to deliver what was promised, even if it was another mission that made the promise.
Recently I received an email from someone who has $40,000 on account at a mission and he would like to know how he can get his money back. I really don’t know if he can. The Refund Policies still apply, but I can’t imagine a mission today that would be able to honor such a repayment request. I don’t even know if the mission he mentioned is still operating.
Those of you who have money “on account” at some Class IV org, Ideal Org, Flag or on the ship are actually in the same position. They do not segregate your money from regular income. It is spent the day it comes in. Your repayment request, if approved, has to be paid out of current income.
Have you looked at the traffic in your local org recently? They are not drawing in enough public to pay the rent and most staff have to hold outside jobs to survive.
I have been tracking repayment cycles for over a year and it appears that the payments are being drawn longer and longer. In the last few months I have not heard of any repayment cycle paying off. If anyone knows of a successful repayment cycle since May, I would appreciate knowing which org is still paying. The 1993 agreement between the IRS and the COS requires the church to make repayments promptly and that agreement is still in force.
If you send in a signed Release and Waiver to the organizations that are holding your money and request your unused money on account, you may not get your money, but you will be sending a strong message to staff and management that the jig is up. This may jolt some of the more aware staff members into finding out what the church has been doing to cause these refunds.
If you have a stalled refund cycle, drop me an email. I will keep your information private, but I would like to know how bad the current situation is.Number of views:96625