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Posted on: January 25, 2017

City Only Tax Sales to be Conducted by Trustee’s Office

More auctions added to collect delinquent City of Memphis property taxes

In an effort to collect more revenue for delinquent taxes owed by City of Memphis residents, the Shelby County Chancery Court Clerk & Master and the Trustee’s Office will add city only tax sales to its annual schedule this fiscal year. The first is expected to take place online this fall.

The county traditionally administers four tax sales per year, collecting both city and county delinquent taxes owed. On average, about 2,000 properties are up for sale each year. The city only sales are expected to target around 2,600 delinquent properties. 

The opening bid for a property will include delinquent city taxes, accrued interest and penalty charges, court costs, attorney fees, weed or anti-neglect fees, as well as service and title costs.

 “At the City of Memphis’ request, we are adding additional tax sales for taxpayers who owe City of Memphis taxes only,” Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir said. “Before a property reaches the tax sale, we work with the owners as much as possible to collect outstanding taxes. The tax sale is the last resort to collect what is owed.”

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