A Satanic church claims to have become the first group of Satanists in American history to be officially recognized as a religion by the IRS.
The Satanic Temple has been given section 501(c) tax exempt status, which puts it in the same bracket as major religions such as Catholicism and organizations such as the Salvation Army.
The recognition means that the Satanic Temple, which has 16 chapters in the U.S. and thousands of followers around the world, can apply for certain federal grants.
Anyone who donates money to the group can also write it off as a tax deduction.
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