Delinquent Taxes

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Delinquent Taxes

Under Minnesota law, the government and the courts are allowed to confiscate the taxpayer’s real property, as a last resort, in order to compensate the taxing districts for lost revenue due to delinquent real property taxes. The complex set of provisions gives the taxpayer every chance to pay and makes the taxpayer clearly aware of the consequences of not paying the taxes before the confiscation of the real property.


Confession of Judgement

A confession of judgment under the standard 10-year plan may be offered as an alternative method of paying off the total delinquent tax amount due on an eligible parcel of real property. It may be offered anytime after the delinquent taxes are determined in January and prior to the expiration of the period of redemption and tax forfeiture. (M.S.279.37, Subd. 1-10)


Tax Forfeiture

In Minnesota, the County Auditor and County Board administer and manage the unsold inventory of State of Minnesota tax-forfeited properties on behalf of the taxing subdivision, including the school district, city and county. Tax forfeited properties are those on which real estate property taxes were not paid, title to the land and buildings was forfeited, and title is not vested in the State of Minnesota. Following a review period and in accordance with Mn Statutes, these properties are classified and open to the public for purchase.

All property is sold as is and may not conform to local building and zoning ordinances.

The county makes no warranty that the land is suitable for building. All sales are final, and no refunds or exchanges are permitted. We highly recommend that you thoroughly research any tax-forfeited parcels before purchase.

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