Tax Sale and Lien Guidelines FAQ’s

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When is the next Tax Lien Sale?

The tax lien sale is in February every year. The next sale is on February 28, 2018 beginning at 9:00 A.M.

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Where will the sale be held?

The sale will be at the Graham County General Services Building in the Assembly Room, located at 921 Thatcher Boulevard, in Safford.

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What are the hours of the sale?

9:00 A.M. until completed.

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Where can I obtain the list of the parcels being offered at the sale?

During February, the list is posted at this site, posted outside our office (General Services Building, 921 Thatcher Blvd., Safford), available for purchase from us (928-428-3440) and advertised in the Eastern Arizona Courier (928-428-2560). In other months, the list of available liens is posted at this site and available at the Treasurer’s Office for review or purchase.

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Can anyone bid at the sale?

You must be registered to bid and have a bidder number.

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How do I register to bid?

Visit the Treasurer’s Office and complete a Bidder Information Form. Get the form at this site and send it to us by e-mail, fax (928-428-3991) or regular mail (Graham County Treasurer, P.O. Box 747, Safford, AZ 85548). On the day of the sale each registered bidder will be given a bidder number at the Treasurer’s Office.

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Does the Treasurer’s Office accept personal checks for payment of bid purchase?

We accept personal checks if the purchaser has previously purchased tax liens. First time purchasers are required to pay with cash, cashier’s check or money order.

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May we deposit funds with the Treasurer’s Office?

No.

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What do the certificates cost the investor?

Certificates sold at the tax sale are $10.00 per certificate. Certificates sold after the tax sale as assignments include an additional $10.00 re-assignment fee, however this is included in the certificate purchase and will be included in the redemption amount.

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If all prior years must be re-assigned at the tax lien sale, what will the interest rate be?

The interest rate will be the same as the certificate that is being re-assigned. You may be awarded 10% on the 2015 tax lien, but the 2014 and prior years may be at a different rate and would be assigned at that rate. You may contact the Treasurer’s Office to find out the interest rate on prior years.

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Does the Treasurer’s Office help in researching parcel information?

The Treasurer’s Office does have a Public Access Terminal that may be used for research.

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If the bidder overpays, when is a refund issued?

We will process all refunds as soon as possible. It is recommended that you pay the exact amount to avoid overpayments. Refunds will be issued within two weeks of the sale.

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What if a bidder underpays?

We will not accept underpayments.

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When do I pay?

Payment must be made by 2:00 p.m. on the day of the sale.

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When will I receive my certificates?

The Treasurer’s Office issues a counter receipt that lists the registered Certificate of Purchase number at the time of payment.

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When will the parcels not purchased at the sale be available for purchase?

They will be available for purchase a few days after the tax sale.

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When can I find out which parcels were not purchased at the sale?

The Treasurer’s Office will have a listing of all eligible parcels. This list will be available one week after the tax sale at this site.

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If a foreclosure is necessary, will the county assist in this proceeding?

Judicial Foreclosure actions are initiated and executed at the expense of the investor. The county has no part in this proceeding.

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Where can I obtain copies of the Arizona Revised Statutes pertaining to tax liens?

This information may be obtained at the Arizona State Legislature website, www.azleg.state.az.us.

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