Sierra County California Tax Sale

Currently Sierra County California does not sell tax lien certificates. Sierra County sells tax deed properties at the Sierra County tax sale auction which is held annually during the month of June each year.

Sierra County relies on the revenue generated from real estate property taxes to fund daily services. Unpaid real estate taxes creates a serious cash-flow problem for Sierra County.

The sale of tax deed properties at the Sierra County tax sale auction generates the revenue Sierra County needs to continue to fund important government services like police protection, public schooling, and emergency medical services.

When you buy Sierra County tax deed properties you are helping the community. The money you pay to purchase these tax deed properties generates the much needed revenue Sierra County needs to pay for essential public services.

The first half of real estate property taxes are due on November 1 and are delinquent after December 10th of each year. The second half of real estate property taxes are due on February 1 of the following year and are delinquent after April 10th of that year.

On or before June 8th, the Sierra County tax collector will post a notice of impending default for failure to pay property taxes on real estate for which taxes have not been paid in full by the close of business on June 30th.

At 12:01 a.m. on July 1st, the taxes, assessments, penalties,and costs on real property which have not been paid shall by operation of law be declared in default.

On or before September 8th, the Sierra County tax collector will publish in a newspaper of general circulation an affidavit stating that real estate on which the taxes, assessments, penalties, and costs have not been fully paid are in default.

After the property has become tax defaulted, five years or more, or three years or more in the case of nonresidential commercial property, the Sierra County tax collector shall have the power to sell and shall attempt to sell all or any portion of tax-defaulted property that has not been redeemed.

Tax Sale List

Approximately 21 days prior to the date of the Sierra County tax sale the Sierra County tax collector will publish the notice of intended sale once a week for three successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation published in the city of Downieville and in a newspaper of general circulation published in the judicial district of Sierra County.

The Sierra County tax sale list will include the following:

  • The date, time, and place of the intended tax sale, including the web address if the tax sale is a public Internet auction.
  • The locations of computer workstations that are available to the public and instructions on accessing the public auction and submitting bids if the intended sale is conducted via the Internet or other electronic media.
  • A description of the property to be sold.
  • The name of the last assessee of the property.
  • The minimum acceptable bid of the property to be sold.
  • A statement that if the property is not redeemed before the close of business on the last business day prior to the date of the sale, the right of redemption will cease.
  • A statement that if the property is sold, parties of interest, as defined in Section 4675, have the right to file a claim with the county for any proceeds from the sale which are in excess of the liens and costs required to be paid from the proceeds.
  • A statement that if excess proceeds result from the sale, notice will be given to parties of interest, pursuant to law.
  • A statement that if the parcel remains unsold after the tax sale, the date, time, and location of any subsequent sale.
  • If applicable, that a deposit is required as a condition to submit bids on the property.
  • If applicable, a statement that, for any property purchased by a credit transaction, the right of redemption will revive if full payment is not received by the tax collector prior to the close of business on the date, as specified by the tax collector under Section 3693.1, that full payment is due.

You can obtain a copy of the Sierra County tax sale list from the Sierra County tax collector. In addition, a digital copy of the tax sale list may also be available for immediate download on the Sierra County tax collector's website.

Tax Sale Registration

Anyone wishing to bid must register before the Sierra County California tax sale. Contact the Sierra County California Tax Collector for registration instructions and requirements. Generally, there is no charge for registration.

While there is no charge to register prospective bidders may be required to post a deposit preceding the Sierra County tax sale.

Registration requirements specify that bidders must supply the Sierra County California Tax Collector'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 Sierra County Tax Collector's office will assign each bidder a number to identify each bidder when purchasing tax deed properties from Sierra County.

Currently, the Sierra County Tax Collector's office require's each bidder to place a deposit of $2,000. In addition, the Sierra County Tax Collector's office advises bidders to arrange for their deposits early to make sure they are eligible to bid. Furthermore, the Sierra County Tax Collector's office will not be registering bidders nor accepting bids and all questions will be directed to the county tax sale auction website.

Tax Sale Time and Location

The Sierra County California tax sale in an online tax sale auction and is held annually during the month of June. Contact the Sierra County Tax Collector's Office to verify the time and location of the Sierra County tax sale.

In accordance with California law the Sierra County Tax Collector will commence the public auction of properties for which the taxes, interest, and fees have not been paid and continue's from day to day until each property is sold to satisfy the taxes, interest, costs, and charges.

Tax Sale Bidding Process

In accordance with California law the Sierra County Tax Collector must sell tax delinquent properties to the highest bidder at the public tax sale auction.

Currently, the Sierra County Tax Collector utilizes a Premium Bid Method to auction tax delinquent properties.

Premium Bid Method: In a public oral bid tax sale where Sierra County California is utilizing the Premium Bid Method the winning bidder at the Sierra County California 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.

Tax Sale Payment

Payment is due on or before the close of the tax sale auction. The deposit shall be applied toward the purchase price of the property. Failure on the part of the successful bidder to consummate the sale on or before the close of the tax sale auction shall result in the forfeiture of the deposit and all rights he or she may have with respect to that property. Upon forfeiture the right of redemption shall revive.

Unsold properties that receive no bids and remaining unsold may be re-offered within a 90-day period.

Tax Deed

On receiving the full purchase price, the Sierra County Tax Collector shall, without charge, execute a deed to the purchaser.

Upon execution the Sierra County Tax Collector shall immediately record the deed with the county recorder and pay the recording fees. Recording of the deed shall constitute delivery thereof to the grantee named in the deed.

The deed conveys title to the purchaser free of all encumbrances of any kind existing before the sale, except for any special assessments, easements (which always run with any property upon conveyance), and possibly an IRS lien. In most cases, none of these items is present, so the property may be acquired for as little as the back taxes (bidding permit).

According to California law the former owner or any lien holder has one year from the date of receiving notice of the tax sale or the date when the tax deed was recorded, whichever is later, to challenge the validity of the tax sale. It may not be possible to obtain a guaranty of clear title from a title company in addition title companies may not issue their policy of title insurance on property that was purchased through a tax sale, unless a quiet title action has been successfully pursued in the courts, or quit claim deeds are acquired from the former owner and every lien holder.

Tax Sale Warnings and Pitfalls

While it is possible to obtain real estate for a fraction of its market value with Sierra County tax sale properties it is important to keep in mind it is also possible to incur a substantial loss. Buyer beware, Sierra County auctions all types of properties at the Sierra County tax sale auction including residential, retail, agricultural, condemned, waste, vacant, industrial and the like.

As with all investments, there is always an element of risk. Even though the tax sale process is written into California law, and are regulated by California law, there is a chance of losing part or all of your investment. You must always try to get the best education and practice safe investing, no matter which investment vehicle you choose.

The City Planning and Zoning Department (for properties within a city boundary) where the property is located and the Sierra County Department of Planning and Community Development (for properties not within a city boundary) can help you determine what use you can make of a tax sale property before you purchase it.

Examine the Sierra County Recorder's records for any recorded easements on a property. The Sierra County Recorder can help you determine what liens (if any) may be associated with the property.

You can determine the general geographic location of tax sale properties by using the Sierra County Assessor plat maps which are available from the Sierra County Assessor's Office.

Sierra County California 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 Sierra County California.

Cities / Towns located in Sierra County California

The following is a list of cities and towns located in Sierra County California. Tax Deeds for properties located in the following cities are sold at the Sierra County California tax sale.

Counties / Municipalites located in California

The following is a list of counties located in the state of California. Tax Deeds for properties located in the following counties are sold at California 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: 
Alameda County, CA  1,443,741
Alpine County, CA  1,208
Amador County, CA  35,100
Butte County, CA  203,171
Calaveras County, CA  40,554
Colusa County, CA  18,804
Contra Costa County, CA  948,816
Del Norte County, CA  27,507
El Dorado County, CA  156,299
Fresno County, CA  799,407
Glenn County, CA  26,453
Humboldt County, CA  126,518
Imperial County, CA  142,361
Inyo County, CA  17,945
Kern County, CA  661,645
Kings County, CA  129,461
Lake County, CA  58,309
Lassen County, CA  33,828
Los Angeles County, CA  9,519,338
Madera County, CA  123,109
Marin County, CA  247,289
Mariposa County, CA  17,130
Mendocino County, CA  86,265
Merced County, CA  210,554
Modoc County, CA  9,449
Mono County, CA  12,853
Monterey County, CA  401,762
Napa County, CA  124,279
Nevada County, CA  92,033
Orange County, CA  2,846,289
Placer County, CA  248,399
Plumas County, CA  20,824
Riverside County, CA  1,545,387
Sacramento County, CA  1,223,499
San Benito County, CA  53,234
San Bernardino County, CA  1,709,434
San Diego County, CA  2,813,833
San Francisco County, CA  776,733
San Joaquin County, CA  563,598
San Luis Obispo County, CA  246,681
San Mateo County, CA  707,161
Santa Barbara County, CA  399,347
Santa Clara County, CA  1,682,585
Santa Cruz County, CA  255,602
Shasta County, CA  163,256
Sierra County, CA  3,555
Siskiyou County, CA  44,301
Solano County, CA  394,542
Sonoma County, CA  458,614
Stanislaus County, CA  446,997
Sutter County, CA  78,930
Tehama County, CA  56,039
Trinity County, CA  13,022
Tulare County, CA  368,021
Tuolumne County, CA  54,501
Ventura County, CA  753,197
Yolo County, CA  168,660
Yuba County, CA  60,219





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