NOTICE: NEW LAW = NEW BIDDING REQUIREMENTS. SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION.
Clarion County Tax Claim Department is responsible for collecting delinquent real estate taxes and taking payments for real estate taxes when the option of making payments is not available through the tax collector then disperses the monies to the county, municipalities and school districts.
Once property is delinquent for two years, it is advertised and put up for tax sale. If the property is sold, the purchaser is responsible for paying all back taxes associated with the land, as well as any mortgages, judgments and liens for the bidder. If it does not sell, it will be exposed to the judicial sale which is free and clear of back taxes, mortgages, judgments and liens. This office will hold tax sales once a year for properties that are 2 years delinquent on taxes. This is done to recoup lost tax dollars. All records/ files are public information.
January - Delinquent taxes are being turned in for the previous year, an additional $15.00 fee applied, per taxing body and a $10 archival and solicitor fee per parcel.
February - Reminder letters will be sent out during this month, an additional $2.00 fee applied, per property.
March - Return & Claim notices will be sent out during this month, an additional $15.00 fee applied, per property. If this notice goes unclaimed and is NOT picked up from the Post Office, your property will be posted in July. An additional $60.00 fee will be applied, per property posted.
May - The office will no longer accept personal checks as payment after this month. Cash - Money Orders - Certified Checks only. Sale notices will be sent out this month, an additional $35.00 fee applied per person on the deed/title, per property.
June - Last business day of this month to have your balance paid in full before Sheriff Postings and Newspaper Publishing.
July - Sheriff Postings and Publishing in The Clarion News & The Leader Vindicator, an additional $215.00 fee applied, per property.
September - Tax Sale is on Monday the 19th at 10 AM. Please fill out the required Registration Papers and submit them 10 days prior to the Sale date. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS! You will no longer be allowed to show up on the date of sale and bid. The registration needs turned in by Friday, September 9th in order to bid.
November - Reminder letters will be sent out during this month, an additional $2.00 fee applied, per property.
**Fees and dates are subject to change without notice**
***Please note, interest is applied the 1st of every month***
Tax Claims Clarion County Courthouse 421 Main Street, Suite 22 Clarion, PA 16214 Telephone: (814) 226-4000 Fax: (814) 297-1395