A Texas church goes to court. In a suit for delinquent ad valorem property taxes a trial court ruled against the church in a hearing before the tax master. In delinquent tax cases in TX, a tax master can perform the duties of a court. If the tax master rules against the taxpayer the taxpayer must be informed in court or by mail of the right to appeal. In one case, the church didn’t receive the required notice before the trial court rendered its final judgment. The church was effectively denied the opportunity to appeal the ruling. On that basis, the trial court’s judgment against the church was reversed in the TX Court of Appeals. (The Apostolic Church America, Inc., 12/9/21)


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