Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Online Tax Sale



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Online Property Tax Sale Process
Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of the information below is to provide general information and guidelines relative to tax sale and tax sale redemptions and is not to be construed as a legal opinion of the statutes governing tax sales or redemptions. Please consult legal counsel to fully understand the tax sale process and to protect your interest as a tax sale buyer.

What is a tax sale?
How does the tax sale work?
What am I buying?
What is property redemption?
What is a tax sale budget amount?
Can I exceed the tax sale budget amount?
How do I register for the tax sale?
How do I bid on a property?
Why do I not see any properties listed for tax sale that were previously advertised?
What forms of payment are accepted?
When are payments due?
Is there a refund policy?
Do I need to purchase special software or equipment to participate in the tax sale?
Is assitance available during the tax sale?
Can properties offered be removed from the tax sale?
Can I purchase multiple properties?
When will I be notified that I am the winning bidder?
Do I have to pay future taxes assessed on the property during the redemptive period?

 

 

 

 

What is a tax sale?

Louisiana Revised Statute 47:2182 requires that Parish & Municipal Tax Collectors seize and offer for sale, properties upon which delinquent taxes are due. This means that the Sheriff, as Tax Collector, must conduct a “sale” of delinquent tax properties. These properties are offered at the amount of taxes due with incurred costs (certified mailings, advertisements, recording fees, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does the tax sale work?

The properties are offered at the amount of taxes, liens, and costs associated with the property. Louisiana law requires a “bid down” process in which we sell the least amount of the property that someone will buy for the full amount due. Bidding is opened at 100% of the property. If more than one person is interested in the property, the next bidder may offer to pay the amount due for a lesser percentage of the property. Bidding may continue down to 1%, the lowest acceptable bid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What am I buying?

You are purchasing a lien on the property that is created by the taxes and/or other liens due Jefferson Parish. The tax sale certificate evidencing your payment does not convey title to the purchaser. If the sale remains unredeemed after the statutory period, you may begin action to obtain a tax sale deed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is property redemption?

When property is purchased at a tax sale the original owner has a three year period in which to redeem the property by paying the original sale amount, including applicable fees, a 5% penalty and 1% per month interest until redeemed. All redemptions for Jefferson Parish taxes are handled by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Revenue and Taxation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a tax sale budget amount?

It is the amount of funds you have budgeted or have available for use in the tax sale. The tax sale system will maintain the running balance available to you as you select properties. It does not commit or require you to purchase any properties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I exceed the tax sale budget amount?

Yes, because placing a bid does not guarantee you will win the property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I register for the tax sale?

All bidders must  be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Registrations must be completed prior to the tax sale date.

First time tax buyers need to create an account by logging on to "Create an Account".  Once you enter all the necessary information click the save button.  You will then be directed to the page where you register.  You will need to enter your budget amount and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the tax sale. Click on the submit button.  The next page will ask you to confirm your account information.  If it is correct, click the Yes, it's correct button.  You will be sent an email with your buyer number that you will enter in on the final page.  Once you enter your buyer number hit the submit button.
 
If you already have an account you will need to do the following:
 
1.       Log into your account, your username may not be the same as your buyer name. Please verify all the information that pertains to the deed and you as the tax buyer, including your bank account information.  If it is not correct, please make the updates necessary and hit save.  There will be a message that says your information has been updated.  You may need to scroll down and hit cancel to exit the screen.
 
2.       A page should open with a note, You are not registered for the current tax sale yet!.  Click on the Register link.  You will need to enter your budget amount and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the sale and hit the Submit button.
 
 
If you do not complete step #2 you will not be registered.  Logging into your account does not register you for the sale.
 
Once you complete step #2 you will receive an email confirming your registration has been approved.  If you do not receive the email, please contact us at 504-363-5710.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I bid on a property?

You must first register for the tax sale and login before you can place bids on property. Bidding is only allowed during the bidding period. Once you are logged in, you will see a place to enter your bid amount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do I not see any properties listed for tax sale that were previously advertised?

Delinquent properties are available for viewing no later than the week preceding the tax sale date. Properties will be removed from the delinquent view listing upon payment of taxes due by owners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What forms of payment are accepted?

Only payment by electronic check will be accepted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When are payments due?

The account you provide when you register will be charged the next business day upon the conclusion of the tax sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is there a refund policy?

Refunds are allowed in those instances where it is determined that a tax sale purchaser was ineligible to bid at the tax sale or any parcel was erroneously sold, the tax sale certificate will be cancelled and the certificate holder will be reimbursed the principal amount originally paid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do l need to purchase special software or equipment to participate in the tax sale?

No. You will need a computer with a web browser and internet access.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is assistance available during the tax sale?

Yes. For problems related to the tax sale process only, please call (504) 363-5715 for assistance. For general property tax information, please call (504) 363-5710.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can properties offered be removed from the tax sale?

Yes. The Sheriff may remove properties from the tax sale process for reasons including, but not limited to, the payment of taxes due by the owner, or it is determined that any parcel was erroneously listed. Email notification will be forwarded those interested bidders that the property has been removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I purchase multiple properties?

Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When will I be notified that I am the winning bidder?

Upon the conclusion of the tax sale, winning bidders will be notified by email.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have to pay future taxes assessed on the property during the redemptive period?

Yes. A tax sale purchaser is responsible for all future taxes assessed on the property until the property is redeemed (LA R.S 47:2161). Failure to pay post-tax sale taxes may result in the property being sold at a future tax sale.