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The Annual Tax Sale is an auctioned sale of delinquent property taxes. Bidders have to pay a registration fee in order to buy properties at tax sale. They purchase the taxes for what is owing and then the hold a lien against the property. It could be for one dollar or thousands of dollars. The tax sale is every third Monday in June. There are two kinds of certificates. There is a regular certificate that is purchased the first time at tax sale. There is also a public bid (PB), taxes that are one year delinquent and no one purchased at the tax sale. Then it was offered again at the next year’s tax sale and then it was offered and purchased. If the tax sale is a regular certificate, the certificate holder has to wait a minimum of one year and nine months before they can start the process of taking deed to the property. They also have up to three years from the date that it was purchased at tax sale to start the process of taking deed to the property. If it goes past the three years since the date of purchase of the tax sale, then they can no longer take deed to the property. If the tax sale is a PB, the tax sale purchaser only has to wait nine months before starting the process of taking deed to the property. They have all the way up to three to start the process of taking deed to the property. If it goes past the three years since the date of purchase of the tax sale, then they can no longer take deed to the property Taking deed to a property by the tax sale process, it is a ninety day process. The property owner can still redeem the taxes during this time. Once the ninety days are up, the property owner will no longer be able to redeem and loses their property for the percentage of the tax sale certificate. Tax sales incur penalty or interest at 2% each month that it goes unredeemed. Once a property is at tax sale, any other delinquent subsequent taxes that still owe after Nov 15th and May 15th can be purchased by the tax sale certificate holder and added to the tax sale amount without having to wait until the 3rd Monday in June. Tax sales are redeemed with certified funds (cash, cashier’s check, or money order) and an Affidavit of Redemption of a Parcel sold for Taxes form.
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After the tax bills have been mailed out and you still do not have a bill, the Treasurer’s office can send out a replacement bill.
For real estate address changes, please contact the Linn County Auditor at 319-892-5300.
For mobile home address changes, please contact the Linn County Treasurer at 319-892-5500.
The Linn County Assessor determines property values and provides notification to property owners outside the City of Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Assessor determines property values and provides notification to property owners within the city limits. Please contact the Linn County Assessor’s Office at 319-892-5220 or the Cedar Rapids Assessor’s Office at 319-286-5888 for the latest valuation information on your property or for any questions.
You can appeal your assessment with the City of Cedar Rapids Assessor or you can call the at 319-286-5888 if you live within the city limits. If you live outside the city limits of Cedar Rapids, you will want to appeal your assessment with the Linn County Assessor or you can call them at 319-892-5220.
You can pay either the full year in September or just the September installment.
Only one billing is sent out for your tax bill. The tax bill has two coupons at the bottom. Each coupon is for one half of the tax bill.If you have bought or sold property, be sure to know if the buyer or seller is responsible for paying the taxes on each parcel. This is something that would have been discussed in your closing agreement.
You can pay property taxes by mail (please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope if you would like a receipt), in person, over the phone or online at: www.iowataxandtags.org
The Linn County Treasurer does not keep record of mortgage companies payment responsibility and if they should be making your property tax payment. You will want to contact your mortgage company if there is any question about whether they are going to make that payment or if you need to.
The homestead credits and Military Exemptions are done with the Assessor’s office. If you live inside the City Limits of Cedar Rapids, then you would want to talk with the City of Cedar Rapids Assessor ( 319-286-5888). If you live outside of Cedar Rapids, then you want to talk to the Linn County Assessor (319-892-5220). They will be able to give you the deadline for the credits and exemptions and when to have them forms filed. Click the link below to see where the homestead and military credit are on the tax bills.
All mailing address changes for real estate bills are done with the Linn County Auditor (319-892-5300).
Please make checks or money orders payable to Linn County Treasurer.