Greene County Office Building, 1st Floor
93 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5232 / Fax: 724-852-5293
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.4:00 p.m., MondayFriday
The Tax Claim Bureau was established under Act 542 of 1947 (the purpose of Act 542 is to promptly return properties with delinquent real estate taxes to the productive tax rolls.
The act also provides for the consolidation of all delinquent real-estate tax claims into one agency as a convenience to local officials, property owners, prospective purchasers and title searchers.
The Tax Claim Bureau of Greene County, collects delinquent real-estate taxes. Taxes become delinquent, the end of every year, if not paid. The Treasurer's Office and the local Tax Collector's send all delinquencies to our office. When the taxes are delinquent two years, our office holds an Upset Sale.
The Upset Sale is held no earlier than the second Monday of September or later than the last day of September each year. An auction-type sale is held on the Greene County Courthouse steps. These properties are not sold "free and clear". Properties not sold at our upset sale, are then eligible for our Judicial Sale, which is our "free and clear" sale.
This sale is held at the discretion of our Solicitor. Properties not sold at a Judicial Sale are then placed in our Repository. Our office accepts private bids for these properties. A list is available at our office, for a $16. fee.
Our office provides, lein certificates for any property. This states if there are any delinquencies on a property. The cost if $5.00, per parcel. We provide printouts, showing what is owed on a property, cost for this service is $1.00 per page.
The Tax Claim Bureau conducts upset, judicial and private sales of unpaid real-estate tax properties during the year.
Upset Sale: Properties exposed at the upset sale are offered together with any mortgages, judgments or non-tax liens. Properties offered are sold at a bid equal to or higher than the amount of outstanding taxes, bureau costs and any municipal liens. An upset sale becomes final after confirmation by the Court of Common Pleas.
Judicial Sale: Properties not sold at the upset sale become eligible for judicial sale. The Bureau makes a current owner title search. All known holders of mortgages, judgments or liens are notified that, by order of the Court of Common Pleas, the property will be offered for sale divested of all mortgages, judgments and liens.
Private Sale: Properties not sold at judicial sale are placed in a "repository" status. This in effect is a bank of unsold properties. The Bureau may negotiate a private sale of any property held in the repository.
Unpaid taxes are filed in the Tax Claim Bureau Jan. 15 of each year. Once taxes are filed with the Bureau, partial payments can be paid. If a tax is unpaid after two years with the Bureau and three years after it was issued, the property is exposed to the annual upset sale.
In order to stay the sale of owner occupied property, the owner can enter into an agreement with the Tax Claim Bureau. The owner would pay 25% down in cash, followed by three (3) additional payments.
In order to assure that property owners are aware of the potential sale of their real estate, the Bureau sends certified restricted notification, posts the premises and advertises the properties in local papers.
Once you are connected to the Online Payment Service, select a payment-type of "delinquent property taxes" and use the Web ID number which can be found on the delinquent notice.
This service allows you to pay your Greene County, PA payments electronically and is a service of Value Payment Systems. All payments are processed immediately and the payment date is equal to the time you complete your transaction.
Definition of 'Tax Lien Certificate': A certificate of claim against property that has a lien placed upon it as a result of unpaid property taxes. Tax lien certificates are generally sold to investors by most counties and municipalities in the United States through an auction process. Subsequent to a winning bid made by an investor for a specific tax lien certificate, a lien is placed on the property and a certificate issued to the investor detailing the outstanding taxes and penalties on the property.
The tax lien certificate therefore enables the investor to collect unpaid taxes plus the prevailing rate of interest applicable to such certificates, which can range from 8 to more than 30%, depending on the jurisdiction. The term of tax lien certificates typically ranges from one to three years.
(Source of Definition: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/taxliencertificate.asp)
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370