Oakland Tribune, Tues., June 25, 1974 F3
Guru's Mission is audited
DENVER, Colo- (AP) - Guru Maharaj Ji's Divine Light Mission is being audited by state and local agencies to see if purchases ranging from underwear to an ocean-going power boat were proper under the mission's tax-exempt status as a religious organization.
The Colorado Department of Revenue and its counterpart at the city and county level announced the investigation yesterday.
At issue is whether the mission should have paid Denver's 61/4 per cent sales tax in purchasing its motorcycle and 56 cars and trucks.
Tax officials said the exemption does not apply to individuals.
But a Divine Light spokesman said all residents, who live in 17 mission houses, spend all their time in religious pursuits and have no private or individual selves. Not even their underwear is their own, he said.