Nov 12, 2014

Court in Northern Netherlands: Transcendental Meditation Foundation ANBI Status can be withdrawn

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The Administration has rightly withdrawn ANBI status of a Foundation that promotes the practice of Transcendental Meditation. That is the verdict court northern Netherlands came recently. According to the court edify its activities mainly private consumption interests of the participants.

The Foundation encourages the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) as taught by Maharishi Mahesh. Is a residential area this purpose achieved by the foundation in Lelystad. The foundation for the maintenance of the district and subsidizes the school, the organic shop and vegetarian restaurant. Participants rent a house or buy. The participants and all persons belonging to their household, are also a monthly contribution payable to the foundation. In dispute is whether the status of public benefit institution (ANBI) of the foundation routed there by July 1, 2012 is revoked.

Court Northern Netherlands ruled that the foundation with its activities, the private consumption interests of the participants mainly. To personal well-being and personal development of the participants have a beneficial effect on their environment. However, this effect is indirect and subordinate to the individual interests of the participants. Thus, the Foundation does not establish that the general interest of 90% or more (quantitative test) served by the activities of the foundation. The appeal of the foundation is unfounded.

Court document