West Virginia (WV) Tax Lien Sales

Sale Type Tax Lien
Interest Rate 12% APR
Bid Method Premium Bid (but not on overbid)
Redemption Period 18 Months
Sale Date(s) Varies by County
State Statute(s) Ch 11A
Over-the-Counter Tax Liens – No, Tax Deeds – Yes
State Website http://wv.gov
West Virginia County Website http://www.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx and http://www.wvaco.org/

West Virginia State Overview:

In West Virginia the Sheriff is responsible for the collection of back taxes. The Sheriff prepares a list of delinquent properties in the first two weeks of September. His responsibilities include conducting and overseeing the tax lien auction. All of the tax liens are sold to the highest bidder. All counties will publish their list in their local newspapers three to six weeks prior to the date of the auction. The starting bid begins with the back taxes, any penalties, and administrative fees included. The property owner has up to 5:00 pm the day before the sale to pay off all of his taxes, penalties, and fees.

The highest bidder gets the tax lien certificate, but the amount of money that anyone bids past the amount that is owed does not accrue interest.  So anything that is overbid does not accrue interest for the investor.

State County Contact Info
WV Barbour
WV Berkeley www.berkeleycountycomm.org/treasurer.htm
WV Boone
WV Braxton www.braxtonwv.org/CourtHouse.htm
WV Brooke
WV Cabell www.tsev.com/ccsd/tax.html
WV Calhoun
WV Clay
WV Doddridge
WV Fayette www.fayettecounty.com/
WV Gilmer
WV Grant
WV Greenbrier
WV Hampshire
WV Hancock
WV Hardy
WV Harrison
WV Jackson
WV Jefferson www.jeffersoncountywv.org/shert.html
WV Kanawha www.kanawha.us/portal/index.html
WV Lewis
WV Lincoln
WV Logan
WV Marion www.marioncountywv.com/taxoffice.htm
WV Marshall
WV Mason
WV McDowell
WV Mercer
WV Mineral www.mineralcountywv.com/
WV Mingo
WV Monongalia www.co.monongalia.wv.us/
WV Monroe
WV Morgan
WV Nicholas
WV Ohio
WV Pendelton www.pendletoncounty.net/pccom/
WV Pleasants www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/3918/
WV Pocahontas www.neumedia.net./~pocahontascc/
WV Preston
WV Putnam www.putnamcounty.org/commission/
WV Raleigh www.randolphcountywv.com/about.cfm
WV Randolph www.randolphcountywv.com/core.htm
WV Ritchie
WV Roane
WV Summers
WV Taylor www.tuckercounty.com/
WV Tucker www.tuckercounty.com/
WV Tyler
WV Upshur
WV Wayne
WV Webster www.websterwv.com/
WV Wetzel
WV Wirt
WV Wood www.woodcountywv.com/
WV Wyoming


States that offer Over-the-Counter Tax Lien Certificates