What is a Tax Sale?
The Annual Tax Sale is administered by the County Treasurer in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 446 on the third Monday in June. Taxes that remain unpaid as of the date of the sale are offered, in an open competitive bidding process, for the purpose of collecting unpaid taxes.
Once the taxes are sold at tax sale to another party they are considered paid. A tax lien is then placed on the property and if the tax sale is not redeemed within the time specified by Iowa law, the tax sale certificate holder may initiate proceedings to obtain a tax deed on the property.
Why does the County hold an Annual Tax Sale?
The purpose of the tax sale is to collect unpaid property taxes. Property taxes fund numerous essential services of a community including hospitals, schools, law enforcement and road construction. When taxing authorities set the tax levy (rate) needed to fund their budget, they do so with the expectation that property taxes will be collected. The Tax Sale is a way to ensure taxing authority budgets are funded.
What happens if my taxes are paid by a tax sale buyer?
When delinquent taxes are paid by a tax sale buyer, a tax sale lien is placed against the property. If the tax sale lien remains unredeemed (unpaid) by the property owner, the tax sale buyer may pay taxes that come due after the tax sale, but only after one month and fourteen days have passed following the date the taxes become delinquent. For this reason, amounts due as shown on the website are not guaranteed and are subject to change. Contact your County Treasurer for information about your rights concerning a tax sale redemption and what steps are needed to redeem the tax sale lien.
Contact your County Treasurer for information about your rights concerning a tax sale redemption and what steps are needed to redeem the tax sale certificate. Pursuant to Iowa law, you may make a full redemption by remitting your payment to the County Treasurer for the amount of delinquent tax originally sold at tax sale plus two percent per month. Additional amounts may accrue.
Taxes for subsequent years may be paid by the tax sale certificate holder beginning one month and fourteen days following the date from which a subsequent installment becomes delinquent. Even though prior taxes may have been sold at tax sale you may pay these subsequent taxes before the tax sale certificate holder has the right to pay them.
If redemption is not completed within the time period provided by law, the right to redeem expires and a tax deed may be issued to the tax sale certificate holder.
To redeem the tax sale on a property?
You must have an interest in the property sufficient to give you the right to redeem the tax sale. Most counties require that you complete an Application and Affidavit of Redemption of Parcel Sold for Taxes form and submit the completed form with your payment to redeem the tax sale. A properly completed affidavit satisfies the treasurer that you have sufficient interest in the parcel to give you the right to redeem the tax sale. A sufficient interest means that you must be one of the following:
- The titleholder of record.
- The person in whose name the parcel was/is taxed.
- A person in possession of the parcel.
- A mortgagee with a lien on the parcel.
- A vendor of the parcel under a recorded contract of sale.
- A lessor with a recorded lease or memorandum of recorded lease.
- Any other person with an interest of record
- Judgment creditor of record
- Vendee under recorded real estate contract
- Holder of an inherited or devised recorded interest
- Tax sale certificate holder
What do I do if I have received a Notice to Redeem from Tax Sale stating that I have ninety days to redeem the tax sale on my parcel?
Contact your County Treasurer for information about your rights concerning a tax sale redemption and what steps are needed to redeem the tax sale certificate. If redemption is not completed within the time period provided by law, the right to redeem expires and a tax deed may be issued to the tax sale certificate holder.
How do I find more information about the Annual Tax Sale?
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