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TAX CERTIFICATES GO UP FOR SALE


2012 DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX CERTIFICATES GO UP FOR SALE


Investors Are Reminded to Register Online Now

05/13/13 - BARTOW

Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, reminds property owners that 2012 real estate taxes not paid by 5:00 PM on May 31 are subject to a Tax Certificate Sale. A Tax Certificate is a lien on property created by payment of the delinquent taxes due. It is not a purchase of property.

On Saturday morning, June 1, 2013, all unpaid taxes will be placed up for auction through the Tax Collector's annual online Tax Certificate Sale. The Lakeland Ledger will publish the tax certificate listings three times this month: May 13, 20 and 27. Registration to participate in the Tax Certificate Sale ends on May 29 and the bidding process runs through June 1, 2013.

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To participate in the tax certificate sale, visit www.polkfl.realtaxlien.com.

For more information on tax certificates, visit www.polktaxes.com/taxcertificates.asp.

Background Information: Real estate taxes (ad Valorem taxes) are due from November 1st through March 31st and become delinquent April 1st of each year. Taxes which are not paid are placed on an advertised list of properties which will be offered up for sale. A tax certificate represents a lien on real property and may earn interest at a maximum rate of up to 18% per year. The cost to purchase a certificate includes the gross tax, interest, advertising cost and the incremental cost of the Tax Certificate sale. The bidding begins at 18% and the certificate is sold to the person bidding the LOWEST annual interest rate. In order to clear the property of the tax lien, the property owner must pay the amount of the tax certificate plus interest calculated from the month after the certificate sale to the month of payment or no less than 5%. All payments are made to the Tax Collector. The life of a tax certificate is seven years from the date of issuance. Neither tax certificates nor interest rates are guaranteed.

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