An institution claiming an exemption under T.C.A. § 67-5-212 which has not previously filed an application for and been granted an exemption for a parcel must file an application for exemption with the State Board of Equalization by May 20 of the year for which the exemption is sought. If the application is approved, the exemption will be effective as of January 1 of the year of application or as of the date the exempt use of such parcel began, whichever is later. If application is made after May 20 of the year for which the exemption is sought, but prior to the end of the year, the application may be approved but will be effective for only a portion of the year determined as follows: (1) if the application is filed within 30 days after the exempt use of the property began, the exemption will be effective as of the date the exempt use began or May 20, whichever is later; or (2) if the application is filed more than 30 days after the exempt use began, the exemption will be effective as of the date of application.1
If a religious institution acquires property that was duly exempt at the time of transfer from a transferor who had previously been approved for a religious use exemption of the property, or if a religious institution acquires property to replace its own exempt property, then the effective date of exemption shall be 3 years prior to the date of application, or the date the acquiring institution began to use the property for religious purposes, whichever is later.2
1T.C.A. § 67-5-212(b)(3)(A). See Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County v. Delinquent Taxpayers, 1992 WL 124434 (Tenn.Ct.App. 1992).
2T.C.A. § 67-5-212(b)(3)(B).