Missouri (MO) Tax Lien Sales

Sale Type: Tax Liens
Interest Rate: 10% APR
Bid Method: Premium Bid
Redemption Period: 2 Years
Sale Date(s): Year Round
Statute Section(s): Chapters 140 & 141
Over-the-Counter: Yes
State Website: http://www.mo.gov/

Missouri State Overview

In Missouri, county treasurer’s and tax collector’s sell tax lien certificates to the winning bidder at the delinquent property tax lien sales.

  • Tax Sale Type: Tax Lien Certificate (Sec. 140.290).
  • Contact: Tax Collector. (Sec. 140.010).
  • Interest Rate and/or Penalty Rate: 10% per annum (8% on subsequent taxes). (Sec. 140.340).
  • Bid Procedure: Premium bid / highest bid. (Sec. 140.190 Sec. 140.250).
  • Redemption Period: One (1) year. (Sec. 140.330).
  • Law: Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 140, “Collection of Delinquent Taxes Generally,” and Chapter 141, “Delinquent Taxes — First Class Counties and St. Louis City.”

Charter Counties. According to (Sec. 18 (a)) of the Missouri Constitution any ‘county having more than 85,000 inhabitants, according to the census of the United States, may frame and adopt and amend a charter for its own government’.

In addition, counties ‘which adopt or which have adopted a charter or constitutional form of government shall be a separate class of counties outside of the classification system established under section 8 of this article’.

In conclusion, any county with a population of 85,000 or more may adopt a different process for the collection of delinquent property taxes. Therefore, prior to purchase, contact county officials for the specifics on how delinquent property taxes are handled in that specific county.

Sale to Non-Residents According to (Sec. 140.190) no ‘bid shall be received from any person not a resident of the state of Missouri until such person shall file with said collector an agreement in writing consenting to the jurisdiction of the circuit court of the county in which such sale shall be made, and also filing with such collector an appointment of some citizen of said county as agent of said purchaser, and consenting that service of process on such agent shall give such court jurisdiction to try and determine any suit growing out of or connected with such sale for taxes’.

Subsequent Taxes. According to (Sec. 140.440) the purchaser of the tax lien certificate must pay all subsequent taxes ‘that have accrued thereon since the issuance of said certificate’ before ‘being entitled to apply for deed’.

Furthermore, ‘any purchaser that shall suffer a subsequent tax to become delinquent, such first purchaser shall forfeit all liens on such lands so purchased.’

A purchaser that permits ‘a subsequent certificate to issue on the same property’ will receive a notice instructing the investor to ‘surrender said certificate’ to the county tax collector. At that point the investor will receive what he or she paid to purchase ‘shall be paid without interest to such holder of the certificate’.

Applying for Tax Deed. According to (Sec. 140.410) the purchaser must apply for a tax deed ‘within two years from the date of said sale’ of the tax lien certificate. Failure by the purchaser to apply for a tax deed within the time specified in Sec. 140.410 ‘the amount due such purchaser shall cease to be a lien on said lands so purchased so purchased as herein provided’.

State County Contact Info
MO St. Louis City stlouis.missouri.org/
MO St. Louis City www.stlouis.missouri.org/
MO Scotland
MO Scott
MO Shannon
MO Shelby
MO St. Charles www.win.org/county/sccg.htm
MO St. Clair
MO St. Francois
MO Ste. Genevieve
MO St. Louis www.co.st-louis.mo.us/
MO Stoddard
MO Stone
MO Sullivan
MO Taney
MO Texas
MO Vernon
MO Warren
MO Washington
MO Wayne
MO Webster
MO Worth
MO Wright
MO Adair
MO Andrew
MO Atchison
MO Audrain www.audrain-county.org/
MO Barry
MO Barton www.bartoncounty.com/
MO Bates
MO Benton
MO Bollinger
MO Boone www.showmeboone.com/
MO Buchanan www.co.buchanan.mo.us/
MO Butler
MO Caldwell
MO Callaway
MO Camden www.camdenmo.org/
MO Cape Girardeau /www.showme.net/CapeCounty/
MO Carroll
MO Carter
MO Cass www.casscounty.com/
MO Cedar
MO Chariton
MO Christian
MO Clark
MO Clay home.co.clay.mo.us/
MO Clinton
MO Cole www.colecounty.org/
MO Cooper mo-river.net/Government/coopercounty_gov.htm
MO Crawford
MO Dade
MO Dallas
MO Daviess
MO De Kalb
MO Dent
MO Douglas
MO Dunklin
MO Franklin home.usmo.com/~franklin
MO Gasconade
MO Gentry
MO Greene www.greenecountymo.org/
MO Grundy
MO Harrison
MO Henry
MO Hickory
MO Holt
MO Howard
MO Howell
MO Iron
MO Jackson www.co.jackson.mo.us/
MO Jasper
MO Jefferson www.jeffcomo.org/
MO Johnson
MO Knox
MO Laclede lacledecountymissouri.org/collector/
MO Lafayette
MO Lawrence
MO Lewis
MO Lincoln
MO Linn
MO Livingston
MO Macon
MO Madison
MO Maries
MO Marion
MO McDonald
MO Mercer
MO Miller
MO Mississippi www.misscomo.net/cogov.html
MO Moniteau
MO Monroe
MO Montgomery
MO Morgan
MO New Madrid
MO Newton
MO Nodaway
MO Oregon
MO Osage www.osagecountymo.com/
MO Ozark
MO Pemiscot
MO Perry
MO Pettis
MO Phelps www.rollanet.org/~phelps/
MO Pike
MO Platte co.platte.mo.us/
MO Polk
MO Pulaski
MO Putnam
MO Ralls
MO Randolph
MO Ray
MO Reynolds
MO Ripley
MO Saline
MO Schuyler


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