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Mosque sues TN over tax exemption denial

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The Islamic Center of Nashville is suing the state in federal court after it says it was denied a tax exemption.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2cMRJzU) that the lawsuit, filed Monday, argues the center's religious tax exemption for its Nashville International Academy school was denied because of a banking deal that allowed the center to follow its religious beliefs. The center was billed more than $87,000 in past-due taxes as a result.

The Islamic center first appealed the denial to an administrative law judge and the Assessment Appeals Commission. In May, the commission said a transfer of title - which was a part of the banking agreement - disqualified the center from exemption. It also sympathized with the mosque and suggested they take legislative action.

A state spokesman said he couldn't comment on pending litigation.

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