The state has been seeking to dismiss a lawsuit in which the Islamic Center of Nashville said it was unfairly denied a tax exemption.
The center argued in a September federal lawsuit that its Nashville International Academy school was disqualified from a religious tax exemption because the center followed its religious beliefs in a banking deal. The center was billed more than $87,000 in past-due taxes as a result.
In a recent court filing, reports stated Tennessee Attorney General Senior Counsel Mary Ellen Knack has argued the lawsuit relates to a state tax law and thus should be brought in state court, not federal court.
At issue was a banking agreement the center struck to pay for the construction of a new school building in 2008 without interest.