Bidding Rules

Bidding Rules - 2021 Practice Auction Tax Certificate Auction

  1. If you are not completely familiar with the statutes governing tax liens in this state, read the “Tax Certificate Process” document located at the left of the home page. It is a plain English summary of the law and will only take ten minutes to read. Remember, the purchase of a certificate does not convey title to the land. While purchasing tax certificates is generally a good investment, there is some risk. Understand the risks and employ the “buyer beware” philosophy.
  2. Review the Summary of Important Dates below.
  3. Register. You will create your own User Name and Password as part of the process.  A $25.00 non-refundable registration deposit is required to access the website.
  4. Bidding process:
    • Decide how much money you want to invest in tax liens for this auction. Pick a dollar amount. ($10,000 for example)
    • Make a deposit of exactly 5% of that amount. The deposit is required and must be submitted before the deadline in order for your bids to be valid. 
    • Bid on as many quality liens as you can. Your deposit will limit how much you can win no matter how many bids you place. There is no penalty for running out of deposit money. If you are fortunate enough to win all the liens you want, your remaining bids are simply ignored.
  5. As a batch closes, you may see the results for that batch by clicking “Results” on the website menu. Click the “Sold To” link on the auction results page to display all bids on that item along with other useful information. After seeing results, you can change your bids in any unclosed batches.
  6. Payment for certificates won will be accepted by ACH only. Please ensure your financial institution will allow an ACH debit to your account before placing bids.


Summary of Important Dates


  Bidder Accounts  
  Allow foreign bidder registrations     No  
  Single simultaneous bidder rule     No  
  Auction Information  
  Bidding style     Random Draw  
  0 value bids use proxy system     No  
  Allow sub-accounts       No  
  Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee     ---     ---  
  Auction Dates and Times  
  Registration begins (site opens)**     01/04/2021 at 10:00 AM CT  
  Deposits, Registration fees and Budgets begin     01/04/2021 at 10:00 AM CT  
  Bidding begins     01/04/2021 at 10:00 AM CT   
  Deposits, Registration fees and Budgets end         02/16/2025 at 2:00 PM CT     
  Participation Requirements         Pay the registration fee  
  Enter ACH Redemption Information  
  Participation Requirements Due Date     12/31/2024 at 11:00 PM CT  
  Registrations end      12/31/2024 at 11:00 PM CT  
  First batch closes     01/14/2021 at 3:00 PM CT  
  Batch closing interval     N/A  
  Last batch closes     01/15/2021 at 3:00 PM CT  
  Auxiliary batch opens      N/A  
  Auxiliary batch closes     N/A  
  Payment due date     01/15/2025 at 3:00 PM CT  
  Budget, Deposit and Payment Information    
  Deposit or Budget required (% of estimated winnings)     5%  
  Minimum deposit amount     $500.00  
  Registration Fee     $25.00  
  Registration Fee Refundable      No  
  Registration Fee Applied to Winnings      No  
  Deposit / Payment types acceptable:   Deposits Payments
      Budget      No     ---  
      ACH      Yes     Yes  
      ACH auto-debit final payment      ---     No  
      Wire transfers     Yes     No  
      Counter payments     Yes     No  
  Redemptions available via ACH?     Yes  
  Public Access  
  Public computers available       Public Library  
  ** Subject to change. The site will open when approved by the County.  




















































For an explanation of any of the terms above, please visit the FAQs.


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