DELINQUENT TAX CERTIFICATE SALE
Current Notice of Tax Certificate Sale
- All lands and lots on which taxes are delinquent and unpaid are subject
to sale at public auction.
- The tax sale is held annually on the fourth Monday in August commencing
at 10:00 a.m. at the Phelps County Courthouse.
- Delinquent taxes with penalty, interest and costs may be paid to the
County Collector at any time before the property is sold.
- The list of properties subject to sale is published in a local newspaper
for three consecutive weeks prior to the tax sale.
- Non-residents of Missouri may not bid unless special
arrangements have been made with the Collector prior to the sale.
- The sale is conducted by the Collector. Bidding begins for the amount of
taxes, penalties and sale costs.
- Buyers must be present to bid.
- Each parcel offered for sale is individually identified by brief legal
- Buyer must sign an affidavit stating that he/she is not currently
delinquent on any tax payments on any property. Failure to sign such
affidavit, as well as signing a false affidavit, may invalidate the property
purchase. Affidavits are available at the Collector's office or the sale
site immediately prior to the tax sale.
- The successful bidder receives a sale sheet identifying the parcel and
bid price at the auction. The total purchase price must be paid to the
Collector's office immediately at the close of the
sale. Cashier's check, personal check, bank draft, cash, Visa & MasterCard
credit cards are accepted, (additional fee's will apply to credit card
- If the bid is not paid, a penalty of 25% of the bid amount plus a
prosecuting attorney's fee may be assessed against the bidder.
- The Collector issues a Certificate of Purchase to the purchaser.
- The original property owner may redeem the property anytime within one
year from the sale date.
- The purchaser may assign ownership of the Certificate of Purchase by
completing the assignment portion on the Certificate. The assignee must be a
resident of Missouri. Such assignment must be notarized and presented to the
Collector's office to be recorded.
- Liens are not extinguished during the sale or during the redemption
period. All liens are voided after Collector's deed has been issued except
for Federal liens.
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