Clay County Alabama Tax Sale

Clay County Alabama tax lien certificates are sold at the Clay County tax sale which is held annually during April or May.

In Clay County Alabama, real estate property taxes are due on October 1 and are considered delinquent after December 31st of each year. Delinquency notices are mailed January 1. The Clay County probate judge advertises a list of tax delinquent property owners on the first Tuesday in February.

Beginning April 1 Clay County begins advertising properties to be offered at the impending Clay County tax sale. Alabama law (Code of Alabama, Title 40, Chapter 10, "Sale of Land." New Window) specifies that properties to be offered at the Clay County tax sale must be advertised in a local newspaper for three (3) consecutive weeks prior to the Clay County tax sale.

Tax Sale List

Contact the Clay County Alabama Revenue Commissioner for instructions on obtaining the Clay County Alabama tax sale list.

The tax sale list includes the item number, parcel number, legal owner, and legal description of the property's to be offered at the Clay County Alabama tax lien certificate sale. Combined with the Clay County Alabama Assessor's property records this information can be used to research each tax lien certificate to be offered at the Clay County Alabama tax sale.

Copy's of the newspaper where the advertisement of tax liens on property's subject to sale at the Clay County Alabama tax sale are available for purchase through the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector's Office. In addition, a digital copy of the advertisement may also be available for purchase.

Tax Sale Registration

Anyone wishing to bid must register preceeding the Clay County Alabama tax sale. Contact the Clay County Alabama Revenue Commissioner for registration instructions and requirements. Generally, there is no charge for registration.

While there is no charge to register bidders may be required to post a deposit preceding the tax sale. The Clay County Alabama Revenue Commissioner's Office may require that bidder's post 10% of the estimated amount they intend to purchase at the Clay County Alabama tax sale.

Registration requirements specify that bidders must supply the Clay County Alabama Revenue Commissioner's Office with a completed Bidder's Card, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (IRS Form W-9 or W-8BEN).

Upon successfully meeting the registration requirements the Clay County Alabama Revenue Commissioner's Office will assign a bidders number to identify each bidder when purchasing tax liens from Clay County Alabama.

Tax Sale Time and Location

The Clay County Alabama tax sale is held at 10:00 AM in front of the Clay County Courthouse during the months of April and May of each year. Contact the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector's Office A.R.S. 40-10-12 to verify the time and location of the Clay County Alabama tax sale.

In accordance with A.R.S. 40-10-12 the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector will commence the public auction of the Clay County Alabama tax liens on those land's for which the taxes, interest, and fees have not been paid and continue's from day to day until each tax lien certificate is sold to satisfy the taxes, interest, costs, and charges.

Tax Sale Bidding Process

In accordance with A.R.S. 40-10-16 Alabama laws grants the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector broad powers in setting and determining bidding rules governing the Clay County Alabama public tax sale auction.

Currently, the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector utilizes a Premium Bid Method to auction Alabama tax lien certificates.

Premium Bid Method: In a public oral bid tax sale where Clay County Alabama is utilizing the Premium Bid Method A.R.S. 40-10-16 the winning bidder at the Clay County Alabama tax sale is the bidder who pays the largest amount in excess of the delinquent taxes, delinquent interest, and fees. The excess amount shall be credited to the county general fund A.R.S. 40-10-28. Each tax lien shall be sold for an entire piece of property.

Unsold Clay County Alabama tax lien certificates that receive no bids are "struck off" or sold to the state of Alabama (jump to section regarding Unsold Tax Sale Properties).

Tax Sale Payment

Pursuant to A.R.S. 40-10-15 the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector may accept payment in the form of cash, negotiable paper, or electronic funds transfer, for the Alabama tax lien certificate.

In accordance with A.R.S. 40-10-16 the person to whom any real estate at the Clay County Alabama tax sale is "knocked off" must immediately pay to the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector the amount of his bid, and on his failure to do so the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector is instructed to again reoffer it for sale.

In accordance with A.R.S. 40-10-13 within 10 days after the sale the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector is to make a report of each sale to the Clay County Alabama Probate Court requesting confirmation of the sale. The report shall lie over for a period of five days for exceptions or objections thereto. If upon the expiration of five days no objections have been filed, or if in the opinion of the court they are insufficient, and it appearing to the court that the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector sold such real estate in accordance with the law, and the decree of court ordering such sale, the court shall make and enter an order confirming said sale, which shall be entered on the same book or docket as the original decree of sale, and ordering the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector to issue proper certificates of purchase to the various purchasers, including the state of Alabama.

Once the "confirmation of sale" is completed, the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector in accordance with A.R.S. 40-10-19 must make out and deliver to each purchaser a certificate of purchase "CP", which shall contain a description of the real estate sold and show that the sum was assessed by the Clay County Alabama Tax Collector, to whom assessed, the date of assessment, for what year or years the taxes were due, the amount of taxes thereon, the amount of and the name of the holder of each Alabama tax lien certificate related thereto, distinguishing the amount due the state and county and for school purposes and to each holder of a Alabama tax lien certificate and the fees and costs, that it was advertised and how long, that it was offered for sale and at what time, who became the purchaser, at what price and the fact and date of the confirmation of such sale.

Redemption Period

From the date sold, the delinquent owner has (3) three years (Sec. 40-10-29 New Window) to redeem his or her interest in the property. To redeem, the delinquent owner must tender the amount the purchaser paid to buy the Clay County Alabama tax lien certificate plus any additional property tax the purchaser has paid up to the expiration of the (3) three year redemption period plus 12% per annum (Sec. 40-10-122 New Window) on the minimum and the overbid (see notes on bidding).

Interest Rate

In addition, the purchaser of the Clay County Alabama tax lien certificate will only earn interest at the rate of 12 percent per annum on the amount of all taxes and any excess bid that is less than or equal to 15 percent of the market value as established by the county board of equalization which can be determined by reviewing the Clay County tax collector records.

Tax Deed

If the property is not redeemed within the (3) three year redemption period (Sec. 40-10-29 New Window) the purchaser of the Clay County Alabama tax lien certificate can apply for a tax deed to the property by surrendering the Clay County Alabama tax lien certificate to the Judge of Probate, who in turn issues a tax deed (Sec. 40-10-29 New Window and Sec. 40-10-30 New Window).

Unsold Tax Sale Properties

When Clay County Alabama tax lien certificates are not auctioned to individual bidders, the Clay County Alabama tax lien certificate is transferred to the State of Alabama Department of Revenue, Property Tax Division in Montgomery Alabama (Sec. 40-10-21 New Window and 40-10-132 New Window).

Clay County Alabama tax lien certificate which have been held by the state of Alabama for less than three years are available for purchase by assignment.

For property the state of Alabama has held for more than three years from the date of the Clay County tax sale, a tax deed will be issued to the purchaser, conveying to the purchaser all the right, title and interest of the State in and to the property. The property is available for purchase from the state by making application.

Alabama Department of Revenue
Property Tax Division
50 North Ripley
Montgomery, AL 36132
(334) 242-1170
Visit Alabama Department of Revenue Website

Disposition of Tax Sale Overages

In Clay County Alabama tax sale overages or proceeds generated from the sale of real estate for delinquent taxes be paid to the owner, or his agent, or to the person legally representing such owner, or into the county treasury (see A.R.S. 40-10-28 ).

If the tax sale overages, tax sale proceeds or excess funds are not claimed within three (3) years after the sale of the property the money will be determined as part of the general fund of Clay County Alabama.

Furthermore A.R.S. 40-10-28 specifies that any person providing proof to Clay County Alabama that he or she is the rightful owner of such tax sale overages or tax sale proceeds, order the payment of such excess funds to such owner or instruct that payment be made to his heir or legal representative anytime within ten (10) years after the tax sale proceeds have been determined as part of the general fund of Clay County Alabama or such funds shall become the property of Clay County.

In addition, A.R.S. 35-12-72 specifies that if the tax sale overages, tax sale proceeds, or excess funds are not claimed within four (4) years from the date the Alabama tax lien certificate was sold at the Clay County Alabama tax sale auction such funds are irrevocably transferred (escheated) to Clay County Alabama.

Tax Sale Warnings and Pitfalls

While it is possible to receive a handsome profit with Alabama tax lien certificates it is important to keep in mind it is also possible to incur a substantial loss. Buyer beware, Clay County Alabama auctions all types of properties at the Clay County Alabama tax sale auction including residential, retail, agricultural, condemned, waste, vacant, industrial and the like.

Also, keep in mind that the legal description provided by Clay County may not always be accurate therefore be sure that you research the county and property records to verify the property size, location, dimensions, description, and value.

Furthermore it is important to research the chain of title to determine any and all claims, judgements, liens, easements and the like that may impact the use and value of the property.

Clay County Alabama Tax Sale Discussion

Below you will find a collection of the latest user questions and comments relating to the sale of tax lien certificates and tax deed properties in Clay County Alabama.

Cities / Towns located in Clay County Alabama

The following is a list of cities and towns located in Clay County Alabama. Tax Lien Certificates for properties located in the following cities are sold at the Clay County Alabama tax sale.

Counties / Municipalites located in Alabama

The following is a list of counties located in the state of Alabama. Tax Lien Certificates for properties located in the following counties are sold at Alabama county tax sales.

Learn more about each county's individual tax sale process by clicking on the name of the county for which you are interested from the list below:

County/Municipality:  Population: 
Autauga County, AL  43,671
Baldwin County, AL  140,415
Barbour County, AL  29,038
Bibb County, AL  20,826
Blount County, AL  51,024
Bullock County, AL  11,714
Butler County, AL  21,399
Calhoun County, AL  112,249
Chambers County, AL  36,583
Cherokee County, AL  23,988
Chilton County, AL  39,593
Choctaw County, AL  15,922
Clarke County, AL  27,867
Clay County, AL  14,254
Cleburne County, AL  14,123
Coffee County, AL  43,615
Colbert County, AL  54,984
Conecuh County, AL  14,089
Coosa County, AL  12,202
Covington County, AL  37,631
Crenshaw County, AL  13,665
Cullman County, AL  77,483
Dale County, AL  49,129
Dallas County, AL  46,365
Dekalb County, AL  64,452
Elmore County, AL  65,874
Escambia County, AL  38,440
Etowah County, AL  103,459
Fayette County, AL  18,495
Franklin County, AL  31,223
Geneva County, AL  25,764
Greene County, AL  9,974
Hale County, AL  17,185
Henry County, AL  16,310
Houston County, AL  88,787
Jackson County, AL  53,926
Jefferson County, AL  662,047
Lamar County, AL  15,904
Lauderdale County, AL  87,966
Lawrence County, AL  34,803
Lee County, AL  115,092
Limestone County, AL  65,676
Lowndes County, AL  13,473
Macon County, AL  24,105
Madison County, AL  276,700
Marengo County, AL  22,539
Marion County, AL  31,214
Marshall County, AL  82,231
Mobile County, AL  399,843
Monroe County, AL  24,324
Montgomery County, AL  223,510
Morgan County, AL  111,064
Perry County, AL  11,861
Pickens County, AL  20,949
Pike County, AL  29,605
Randolph County, AL  22,380
Russell County, AL  49,756
Shelby County, AL  143,293
St Clair County, AL  64,742
Sumter County, AL  14,798
Talladega County, AL  80,321
Tallapoosa County, AL  41,475
Tuscaloosa County, AL  164,875
Walker County, AL  70,713
Washington County, AL  18,097
Wilcox County, AL  13,183
Winston County, AL  24,843





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