Indiana Tax Court
115 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Clerk of the Appellate Courts
200 W. Washington St.
216 State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Tax Court has one judge who must be a citizen of Indiana and have been admitted to the practice of law in Indiana for a period of five years.
The initial appointment is made by the Governor. He makes this appointment from a panel of three persons nominated by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
The initial term of the Judge is until the general election following the expiration of two years from the effective date of the initial appointment. The Judge is then approved or rejected for an additional ten-year term in the same manner as are Justices of the Supreme Court. The Judge of the Tax Court is paid the same salary and receives the same benefits as a Judge of the Court of Appeals.
Martha Blood Wentworth was appointed Judge of the Indiana Tax Court by Governor Mitch Daniels in January 2011. Immediately prior to her appointment, she spent more than twelve years at Deloitte Tax, LLP, nearly ten of which as Tax Director for Deloitte’s Indiana and multistate tax services. Prior to joining Deloitte, she practiced law with the Indianapolis firm Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC.
Judge Wentworth has received three degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington: a bachelor’s degree (B.S. 1971), a master’s degree (M.S. 1977), and her law degree awarded cum laude (J.D. 1990). After obtaining her master’s degree, she ran her own business. After law school, she served two years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Fisher, her immediate predecessor and the first Indiana Tax Court Judge.
Judge Wentworth has been active in various professional, educational, and business organizations. She is a member of the American, Indiana, Florida, and Indianapolis Bar Associations and was Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Taxation Section in 1998-1999. She has been a prolific speaker and writer on state and local tax subjects, and since 2000, has served as adjunct professor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where she teaches classes in state and local taxation.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Judge Wentworth has lived in Indiana most of her life. Her various community activities include lifelong support of the Girl Scouts, including seven years as a Girl Scout leader, and leader of Deloitte’s Indianapolis diversity program. She has two adult daughters and two grandchildren.