Tax Sale Information
Before the Actual Tax Sale
- October 7, 2016 - If either installment of the current
year's real estate tax amount is still delinquent as of this date, the owner's
name, parcel number and tax amount due will be listed in the delinquent tax
- October 31, 2016 - Any payment
of the 2015 real estate tax bill after this date must be made by cashier's
check, cash or money order.
- November 1,
2016 - An additional cost of $10.00 will be charged to cover the
delinquent tax publication and certified mailing expenses.
- November 16, 2016 - The total amount due must
be received in the Treasurer's office by this date no later than 4:30
If your Property Taxes are Sold at the Annual Tax Sale Held
on November 17/18, 2016
PLEASE CONTACT THE DU PAGE COUNTY CLERK AT
630-407-5500 for an "Estimate of Redemption". The property owner has a 2 to 2½
year redemption period in which to fully pay back the amount of their sold
taxes, depending on property classification. The DuPage County Clerk can
verify the interest rate on your sold parcel along with the total amount due.
(As a note, the average successful interest rate bid at the Tax Sale held in
November 2015 was 2% per each 6 month redemption period for the majority of
Information about the Annual Tax Sale
Sale will be held on November 17th (and 18th, if necessary), 2016 in the
auditorium at 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois 60187.
list of delinquent parcels will be published in local newspapers in October.
An electronically transmitted Tax Sale list of the delinquent parcels will be
available for purchase by registered tax buyers at a cost of $250. Information
contained on the Tax Sale list includes the permanent parcel number, the
assessee name, the delinquent tax amount and the state equalized value.
Purchase of the list is not a requirement for attending the Tax Sale. The Tax
Sale list provided to the tax buyers is for the sole purpose of the delinquent
property Tax Sale. Use of this information for any other purpose is
strictly prohibited. The County Treasurer reserves the right to deny sale of
the list to any tax buyer.
A tax buyer
must attend the Tax Sale in order to bid. Payment of purchases (delinquent
taxes + interest + costs of $104.00 per parcel) must be made by cash or
cashier's check the day after the Tax Sale held on November 17, 2016. The
legal requirements to purchase at the Tax Sale and procedures that must be
followed to obtain a tax deed are outlined in the Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 35, Act 200, Article 21, available at public libraries or on the
internet at www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp.
Knowledge regarding procedures and statutory requirements is the tax buyer's
The bid represents the rate of interest that would be
earned by the tax buyer on the purchase amount during each six months of the
redemption period, if the owner redeems the sale. By law, the maximum interest
rate bid is 18%. The sale is to the tax buyer who bids the lowest percentage of
interest. In the last several years, the average successful bids ranged from
0% to 4%.
After the Tax Sale, the tax buyer is issued a certificate of
purchase, which represents a lien on the property. The property owner has a 2
to 2½ year redemption period, depending on property classification. If the tax
lien is not redeemed by the owner, the tax buyer must petition the circuit
court for a tax deed after first fulfilling all of the legal requirements. The
tax buyer may also pay all unpaid taxes for the next two subsequent years at a
specified time and record the payments against the Sale. See Subsequent Tax Payment Information.
In cases where there are no bidders on a parcel, the County, as Trustee for
all taxing bodies, becomes the tax buyer at 18%. The County's certificates are
available for purchase by tax buyers in the amount that the County paid, along
with the 18%. A list of available parcels is available from the Treasurer's
office. Please direct inquiries concerning purchasing County certificates to
the DuPage County
Clerk. There are no forfeitures (unsold parcels) available
after the Sale for over-the-counter purchases.