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Friday, May 15, 2015

Ind. Decisions - More on: Supreme Court issues order to study the Tax Court

On April 20th the Supreme Court issued an order creating an ad hoc advisory task force to study resources and caseload of the Indiana Tax Court. The ILB noted at the time:

It is interesting that the 7-member task force will include two people from the AG's office and one from the Dept. of Revenue, two judges, and two private attorneys.
Today the Supreme Court has posted an order (filed May 13th) amending the earlier document, stating:
... on May 6, 2015, the Governor signed Senate Enrolled Act 423 (SEA 423), calling for the Indiana Judicial Center to review the workload and backlog of cases in the Indiana Tax Court and submit a report to the Indiana Legislative Council by December 1, 2016. To integrate SEA 423 with this Court’s charge, we find that the April 20 Order should be AMENDED
The newly created 9-member task force will include:This appears to be a much better grouping. Judge Kirsch is to serve as chair. "Judge Martha B. Wentworth of the Indiana Tax Court will serve as ex officio liaison from the Tax Court to the Committee and attend meetings by invitation of the Chair."

The amended order provides that:

The Task Force shall provide a written report to this Court not later than May 1, 2016, and provide copies of its report to the Indiana Judicial Center and Indiana Legislative Council.
The earlier order required a report only to the Court.

There is no mention of public meetings or other access.

Background: On Sept. 14, 2014, the ILB had a lengthy post on the Tax Court backlog, headed "Ind. Courts - A look at the Indiana Tax Court." An update followed on Nov. 18, 2014.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 15, 2015 02:24 PM
Posted to Ind. Tax Ct. Decisions