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Behind on Property Taxes

Typically when you fall behind on your property taxes, your local or municipal tax district can place a lien on your home. The lien is filed by the local county clerk’s office, giving the county a claim to your property as security for the unpaid taxes. After the lien is placed on your house, you won’t be able to sell the house until you pay the delinquent taxes. This shows on the title search done by a title company during the sale, so there is no way to hide this from the final buyer. If you can’t pay your tax bill all at once, you can try to explain your situation to the county treasurer. You may be able to set up an installment plan allowing you to make monthly payments so that you can pay the taxes back over time and avoid additional penalties and interest you owe to eventually get the lien removed. If you cannot make payments, and you need to sell sooner, you can always consult with a property solutions company like Property Nation to help buy the property even with the tax liens on it.

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Can I sell my house if I owe back taxes?

The simple answer is yes, however it does take some understanding of the process to do so. When you don’t pay your local, state or federal taxes, a government taxing authority can file a lien on your property. They can also sell your home to get paid the money you owe from the proceeds. Even if it doesn’t get this far, it can be difficult to sell with a lien as you will need to have this cleared first in order to sell. Typically, a traditional buyer won’t want to purchase a property if there’s any type of lien clouding the title. This is why it is typically better to sell to a real estate investment company like Property Nation, in this type of situation, because they can likely take care of the back taxes for you.

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Past Due State Taxes

Another common scenario is falling behind on past due state taxes. If you fall behind too far on past-due state taxes your state’s Department of Revenue or Treasury will file a lien on your property. Again, you won’t be able to sell or transfer ownership of your house until you pay those taxes you owe. This gives the state a legal right to your property, including the right to sell your house and use the proceeds to satisfy your tax debt. If you contact the state department, you may be able to make payment arrangements to pay off the delinquent taxes, but the state may still file a lien against your property until the total amount is paid off. Once you pay the debt in full, you can ask the state to withdraw the tax lien.

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Selling a House with a Federal Income Tax Lien

Similar to Local or State tax, if you fall behind on Federal taxes you can also have a lien placed on your home. If you don’t pay your federal income taxes and fall behind too far, the IRS can place a tax lien on any property you own. In order to get the lien taken off you must pay your past-due tax liabilities. Selling your home is a good option because if you have equity in the home, you can sell it and pay your tax bill out of the proceeds from the sale at the time of closing. If you don’t have enough equity to pay off the delinquent taxes in full, the IRS might accept a partial payment to release the lien so the sale can go through. In most cases, the IRS won’t file a federal tax lien until you owe $5,000 or more in back taxes, but this may not always be the case.

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Consult with an expert that has professional knowledge about selling your house. If you fall behind on your taxes, you can sell your house before the county places a lien against it which must be satisfied in order to close or transfer title. At Property Nation, we can help you understand this entire process and get out of your current situation.

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Once you know that you are ready to start getting offers on your house it’s best to talk with our experts. If you are far behind on taxes and already have liens, don’t start spending money just yet. You could be better off seeking cash offers from real estate investors like us here at Property Nation. We can purchase the home “as is.” without you having to spend a dime.

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