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Delinquent Tax Sale
P.O. Box 315
Versailles, MO 65084
DISCLAIMER: The following is provided as general information only! You are strongly advised to contact an attorney for any legal advice.
Pursuant to Revised Missouri Statutes Chapter 140, any real estate that has three years delinquent taxes must be offered for sale to discharge the lien for the delinquent and unpaid taxes.
The delinquent tax sale is held annually, on the fourth Monday in August, commencing at 10:00 a.m. on the North Entrance of the Morgan County Courthouse.
The list of properties subject to sale is published in The Versailles Leader-Statesman newspaper for three consecutive weeks prior to the tax sale. The list of properties will be available on this web site upon publication of the first ad.
Non-residents of Missouri may not bid unless special arrangements have been made with the Morgan County Collector prior to the sale.
The sale is conducted by the Morgan County Collector. Bidding begins at the amount of taxes, penalties and advertising cost.
Buyers must be present to bid, and must sign an affidavit stating that he/she is not currently delinquent on any tax payments on any property. Failure to sign such affidavit, as well as signing a false affidavit, may invalidate the property purchase.
The successful bidder receives a certificate of purchase sheet identifying the parcel and bid price at the auction. The certificate of purchase is retained for one year or until the property is redeemed.
The total purchase price must be paid to the Morgan County Collector’s office immediately at the close of the sale. Cashier’s check, personal check and/or cash are accepted.
If the bid is not paid, a penalty of 25% of the bid amount plus a Prosecuting Attorney’s fee may be assessed against the bidder.
Liens are not extinguished at the time of sale or during any period of redemption.
Future tax bills will be mailed in care of the purchaser, but will remain in the previous owner’s name until a Collector’s Deed is issued.
Property sold for delinquent taxes may be redeemed by the owner, lienholder, or occupant of any land or lot sold for taxes, or by any other persons having an interest therein.
The person redeeming shall have the absolute right to redeem the same at any time during the one year next ensuing and shall continue to have a defeasible right to redeem the same until such time as the tax sale Certificate of Purchase holder acquires the deed, per Revised Missouri Statutes Chapter 140.410.
The person redeeming must do the following:
If the property has not been redeemed during the one-year redemption period, the holder of the Certificate of Purchase may receive a Collector’s Deed to the property.
A Collector’s Deed can be issued to the Certificate of Purchase holder or the assignee provided the following has occurred at least ninety days prior to the expiration date of the one year redemption period. The following items that need to be done are very date specific. Please contact the Collector’s Office for the specific dates these items must occur.
The Certificate of Purchase holder shall pay all taxes that have accrued thereon since the issuance of said certificate.
A fee of $27.00 per Collector's Deed for the recording fee must be paid.
If the Certificate of Purchase holder fails to cause a deed to be executed and placed on record in the proper county within eighteen months from the date of said sale, assignment of said Collector’s deed is prohibited, pursuant to Revised Missouri Statues Chapter 140.410.
100 E. Newton Versailles, MO 65084
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