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The following provides general information about our tax sale and should not be considered as legal advice. Anyone wishing to participate in our tax sale is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the laws concerning tax sales and the rights the sale conveys unto the purchaser. Before participating in a tax sale, it is recommended that you seek legal advice in order to fully understand the tax sale and redemption process. The Sheriff’s Office assumes no liability for an uninformed tax purchaser.
 
1. What is a tax sale?
2. How do I register for the tax sale?
3. How does the tax sale work?
4. How do I bid on a property?
5. What am I buying?
6. What is property redemption?
7. What is a tax sale budget amount?
8. Can I exceed the tax sale budget amount?
9. Can I bid past my limit?
10. Do I need to purchase special software or equipment to participate in the tax sale?
11. Is assistance available during the tax sale?
12. Can properties offered be removed from the tax sale?
13. Can I purchase multiple properties?
14. When will I be notified that I am the winning bidder?
15.  Do I have to pay future taxes assessed on the property during the redemptive period?
16. What forms of payment are accepted?
17. When are payments due?
18. Is there a return policy?
19. Why do I not see any properties listed?
 
 

 

 

1. 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.) Purchase of these properties at a tax sale does not immediately convey title to the properties purchased. [top]

 
2.

How do I register for the tax sale?

  All bidders must complete a Property Tax Sale Bidder Registration application, be at least eighteen (18) years of age, and complete a W9. A W9 is required in order to issue an accurate 1099 form with the appropriate social security number or taxpayer identification number. You may register online at www.jpso.com or in person at the Bureau of Revenue and Taxation located at 200 Derbigny Street, Suite 1200 Gretna, LA 70053. Registrations must be completed prior to the tax sale date. You will be prompted to create a password upon your initial login. [top]
 
3.

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 our lowest acceptable bid which 1%. [top]
 
4.

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. [top]
 
5.

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. [top]
 
6. 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. Redemption receipts are forwarded monthly to tax sale purchasers. [top]
 
7.

What is a tax sale budget amount?

  Yes. You can exceed your budgeted amount. The system will prompt you to acknowledge that the fact you are exceeding your budgeted amount and allow you to proceed. [top]
 
8.

Can I exceed the tax sale budget amount?

  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. Redemption receipts are forwarded monthly to tax sale purchasers. [top]
 
9.

Can I bid past my limit?

  Yes, because placing a bid does not guarantee you will win the property. [top]
 
10.

Do I 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. If you do not have a computer, kiosks will be made available at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Administration Building, 1233 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA. [top]
   
11. Is assistance available during the tax sale?
please call (504)376-2342 for assistance, for general information please call (504)376-5710.  [top]
12.

Can properties offered be removed from the tax site?

  Yes. The Sheriff may remove properties for 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 removed. [top]
 

13.

Can I purchase multiple properties?

  Yes.  [top]
 
14.

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

  Upon the conclusion of the tax sale, winning bidders will be notified. If it is determined that 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. [top]
 
15. Do I have to pay future property 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. Failure to pay post-tax sale taxes may result in the property being sold at a future tax sale. [top]
 
16.

What forms of payment are accepted?

  Payment methods accepted are electronic check, certified funds, or cash. Payments by certified funds or cash must be made at the Bureau of Revenue and Taxation located at 200 Derbigny Street, Suite 1200 Gretna, LA 70053. [top]
 
17. When are payments due?
  Full payment must be received in full within three (3) business days of the conclusion of the tax sale. [top]
 
18.

Is there a refund policy?

  Refunds are allowed in those instances where it is determined that 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. [top]
 
19. Why do I not see any properties listed?
  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. [top]