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The International Association of Scientologists (IAS) is an English non profit organization, which was formed in October 1984 by a group of Scientologists, who assembled at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, Sussex, England. The stated purpose of the IAS is "To unite, advance, support and protect the Scientology religion and Scientologists in all parts of the world, so as to achieve the aims of Scientology as originated by L. Ron Hubbard."

The IAS followed the Hubbard Association of Scientologists International as the official membership organization of the Church of Scientology. It does not accept Free Zone Scientologists.

There is also a related corporation called the Foundation International Membership Services Administration, Inc. that does business as IAS Administrations, which is based in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, and has five branch offices in the United States, and which purpose is "to provide services to members of the IAS".[1][2][3]

For U.S. citizens to qualify for tax-deduction of donations to the IAS, the funds must be paid to another corporation known as the US IAS Members' Trust, which has its office in Los Angeles,California.[4]

IAS membership is open to all Scientologists who are in good standing with the Church of Scientology,[5] and benefits include a 10% discount on Scientology materials, and "reduced donation rates for training and auditing services".[6]

The IAS uses membership dues to fund various public outreach programs and political action committees, including the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.[7]

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  1. Florida Department of State. Official site: http://www.sunbiz.org/. State of Florida, Department of State. URL accessed on 2007-08-25.
  2. Florida Department of State. Official site: http://www.sunbiz.org/. State of Florida, Department of State. URL accessed on 2007-08-25.
  3. IAS Administrations. Official site: http://www.iasadministrations.net/. International Association of Scientologists. URL accessed on 2007-08-25.
  4. International Association of Scientologists: Make a donation. Official site: http://www.iasmembership.org/. The International Association of Scientologists. URL accessed on 2007-08-25.
  5. International Association of Scientologists: General membership rules. Official site: http://www.iasmembership.org. The International Association of Scientologists. URL accessed on 2007-08-25.
  6. International Association of Scientologists: Membership benefits. Official site: http://www.iasmembership.org. The International Association of Scientologists. URL accessed on 2007-08-25.
  7. International Association of Scientologists: IAS activities. Official site: http://www.iasmembership.org. The International Association of Scientologists. URL accessed on 2007-08-25.

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