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The Region

January 28, 1987

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted the Church of Scientology's appeal seeking a review of whether the Internal Revenue Service has authority to withhold certain material sought under the Freedom of Information Act. At issue is a law that bars the IRS from revealing tax return information that could violate the privacy of taxpayers. The law permits disclosure if the material is in a form that does not "identify directly or indirectly a particular taxpayer." The case originated in Washington, D.C., and stems from a partially met 1980 request for documents mentioning the church, its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and his wife, Mary Sue Hubbard.

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