Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau
Angela D. Toomey Director
The Tax Claim Bureau is responsible for collecting delinquent real estate taxes for the 14 school districts and the 67 townships/boroughs located throughout Schuylkill County.
All real estate taxes are considered delinquent if not paid by December 31 st of the current year. Any unpaid taxes are returned to the Tax Claim Bureau during the month of January and are assessed with a filing fee of $50.00 per parcel returned. Interest begins to accrue in February at a rate of 9% annually.
PLEASE NOTE FOR SCHOOL REAL ESTATE TAXES: the Tax Claim Bureau does not collect delinquent real estate taxes for the years 2000 going forward for properties located in Panther Valley School District, Shenandoah Valley School District and Tamaqua Area School District and for 2013 going forward for Saint Clair Area School District.
PLEASE NOTE FOR MUNICIPAL REAL ESTATE TAXES: the Tax Claim Bureau did not collect delinquent real estate taxes for the years 2004 through 2006 for the BOROUGH OF TAMAQUA and also does not collect FRACKVILLE BOROUGH for the year 2010 and 2011.
For information on collection of these taxes, please call Portnoff Law Associates @ 800-561-7989
Hazleton Area School District taxes for the years 2004 and 2005 are being collected by PA Tax Collections and they can be contacted @ (877) 476-0432.
PAYMENT OF DELINQUENT TAXES
Taxes must be made payable to the following:
Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau
Acceptable forms of payment are Cash, Money Order, Cashier's Check, Certified Check and Bank Check. Postmark will be accepted on tax payments except where parcel is involved with a sale, those taxes must be paid as specified in the sale.
NO personal or business checks will be accepted! Your payment will be returned and the postmark for the payment will not be honored.
TAX LIEN CERTIFICATIONS
Tax Lien Certificate is available for a fee of $15.00 per parcel. The parcel number must be provided or it will be returned. We do not accept fax requests and there is a 72 hour turnaround from the date it was received in our office.
TAX CLAIM BUREAU SALES
The Tax Claim Bureau came into existence in 1947. The first Upset Sale was held in 1949. Prior to that time delinquent real estate taxes were collected by the Treasurer's office and sales were conducted as Treasurer's and/or Commissioners' Sales. Currently the various sales by the Tax Claim Bureau are as follows:
1. UPSET SALE - This sale is held every September. At least one year's taxes or a portion thereof, must be delinquent for a period of almost 2 years. Properties are sold subject to whatever liens and encumbrances are against the property, with the exception of those liens (state or federal tax liens, municipal liens, and corporate liens) which we are mandated to include in the Upset Price. The list for the Upset Sale is published in the Republican Herald, The Call and the Schuylkill Legal Record, at least thirty days prior to the sale. Any property whose taxes are paid in full prior to the time of sale will not be offered for sale.
2. PRIVATE SALE - Any property exposed to, but not sold at Upset Sale is available for purchase through a private sale. A bid must be submitted in writing. By amendment to the Real Estate Tax Sale Law we may not sell property to anyone having delinquent taxes on any property they own in Schuylkill County or having municipal bills outstanding for one year. Private Sales are done on a limited basis so that we can concentrate on preparing Judicial Sales. Private sales are also Buyer Beware situations, as properties are sold subject to all liens and encumbrances . We strongly recommend that potential purchasers have a title search done prior to submitting a bid. The approximate time frame for completion of a Private Sale is 3 - 6 months, barring objections to the sale, which would extend the time frame.
3. JUDICIAL SALE - These are “ free and clear ” sales; however, the Tax Claim Bureau NEVER guarantees title to any property sold by us, at any type of sale. The advantage of this type of sale, from the purchaser's viewpoint, is that the properties are sold free and clear of liens and encumbrances, to the best of our ability. A Judicial Sale requires a tremendous amount of work, including, but not limited to, a title search, a petition presented to the Court of Common Pleas, and Sheriff's service on all owners and lien holders. Judicial Sales are not held by any set schedule, although we do try to have 2 judicial sales every year, one in April and one in July.
4. REPOSITORY SALE - Any property unsold at Judicial Sale subsequently may be sold any time should we receive and approve a bid, without further notice to the property owner. We are required to give the county, municipality and school district an opportunity to object to the sale, if they have reason to do so. The minimum acceptable bid is generally our cost for the Judicial Sale. This is the “Bargain Basement” of Tax Claim Bureau sales. As always, CAVEAT EMPTOR applies. The advantages to a Repository sale are that the sale price, rather than the assessed value, determines the amount of transfer tax. The price paid shall be deemed the new fair market value for tax assessment purposes. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to file an appeal to the assessment appeals board and present evidence in order to reflect the change. The assessed value can only be assessed upwards after a successful appeal if changed as part of a county-wide reassessment, sold or improved.
Disclaimer - The Tax Claim Bureau of Schuylkill County makes no representation, guarantees, nor warranty on any property sold during tax sales. All sales are CAVEAT EMPTOR - BUYER BEWARE . The Bureau also does not give legal advice concerning delinquent tax issues.
Online Sale Forms
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