Calcasieu Parish Online Tax Sale



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Online Property Tax Sale Process
Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of the information below is to provide general information and guidelines relative to tax sale and tax sale redemptions and is not to be construed as a legal opinion of the statutes governing tax sales or redemptions. Please consult legal counsel to fully understand the tax sale process and to protect your interest as a tax sale buyer.

What is a tax sale?
How does the tax sale work?
What am I buying?
How is property redeemed?
What is a tax sale budget amount?
Can I exceed the tax sale budget amount?
How do I register for the tax sale?
How do I bid on a property?
Why do I not see any properties listed for tax sale that were previously advertised?
What forms of payment are accepted?
When are payments due?
Is there a refund policy?
Do I need to purchase special software or equipment to participate in the tax sale?
Is assitance available during the tax sale?
Can properties offered be removed from the tax sale?
Can I purchase multiple properties?
When will I be notified that I am the winning bidder?
Do I have to pay future taxes assessed on the property during the redemptive period?
Are there any hidden costs?
Do I have to notify the tax debtor that I purchased their property?
Should I consult legal advice?

What is a tax sale?

This is a sale of properties having delinquent taxes due and owing to the political subdivision. The Sheriff and Ex-Officio Tax Collector has the authority to sell all delinquent tax properties. Each property is sold to the public for the amount of delinquent tax, plus interest, certified mailing, advertisements, recording fees, etc) Louisiana Revised Statute 47:2154—The tax collector shall seize, advertise, and sell tax sale title to the property or an undivided interest therein upon which delinquent taxes are due, on or before May first of the year following the year in which the taxes were assessed, or as soon thereafter as possible. The price shall be the amount of statutory impositions due on the property, costs, and interest.

 

How does the tax sale work?

The properties are offered at the amount of taxes, liens, and costs associated with the property. Louisiana law requires a “bid down” process in which we sell the least amount of interest in the property that someone will buy for the full amount of taxes due. Bidding is opened at 100% of the property. If more than one person is interested in the property, the next bidder may offer to pay the amount due for a lesser percentage of the property. Bidding may continue down to 1%, the lowest acceptable bid.

 

 

What am I buying?

You are purchasing a lien on the property that is created by the taxes and/or other liens due to Calcasieu Parish. The tax sale certificate evidencing your payment does not convey title to the purchaser. If the sale remains unredeemed after the statutory period, you may begin action to obtain a tax sale deed.

 

 

How is property redeemed?

When property is purchased at a tax sale the original owner has a three year period from the date the certificate is recorded in which to redeem the property by paying the original sale amount, including applicable fees, a 5% penalty and 1% per month interest until redeemed. All redemptions for Calcasieu Parish taxes (City of Lake Charles, City of Sulphur, City of Westlake, Town of Iowa, Town of Vinton, and the City of DeQuincy) are handled by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Tax Division.

 

 

What is a tax sale budget amount?

It is the amount of funds you have budgeted or have available for use in the tax sale. The tax sale system will maintain the running balance available to you as you select properties. By submitting a tax sale budget amount, it does not commit or require you to purchase any properties.

 

 

Can I exceed the tax sale budget amount?

Yes, because placing a bid does not guarantee you will win the property.

 

 

How do I register for the tax sale?

All bidders must complete a Property Tax Sale Buyer Registration form and be at least eighteen (18) years of age. All bidders are required to complete a W-9 tax form. You may register online at https://taxsale.cpso.com
Registration must be completed and approved prior to the tax sale date.

 

 

How do I bid on a property?

You must first register for the tax sale and login before you can place bids on property. Bidding is only allowed during the bidding period. Once you are logged in, you will see a place to enter your bid amount (percentage).

 

 

Why do I not see any properties listed for tax sale that were previously advertised?

Delinquent properties are available for viewing no later than the week preceding the tax sale date. Properties will be removed from the delinquent view listing upon payment of taxes due by owners.

 

 

What forms of payment are accepted?

Payment methods accepted are electronic check, certified funds, or cash. Payments by certified funds require a letter of credit from a financial institution and 50% down payment of the budget amount as a deposit. Cash payments require 50% down payment of the budget amount as a deposit.  All deposits must be made before registration is approved.  Payments are made at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Division  located at 1011 Lake Shore Drive, Suite 100,  Lake Charles, La  70601.(Office hours are 8:30 am -4:30 pm M-F)

 

 

When are payments due?

Full payment must be received by noon (12:00 PM) the following day.

 

 

Is there a refund policy?

Refunds are allowed in those instances where it is determined that a tax sale purchaser was ineligible to bid at the tax sale or any parcel was erroneously sold. The tax sale certificate will be cancelled and the certificate holder will be reimbursed the principal amount originally paid.

 

 

Do l need to purchase special software or equipment to participate in the tax sale?

No. You will need a computer with a web browser and internet access. If you do not have a computer, kiosks will be made available at the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse (upon entering the front steps) 1000 Ryan Street Lake Charles, La 70601.

 

 

Is assistance available during the tax sale?

Yes. You may contact our office at (337) 491-3680 for issues related to the tax sale process as well as general tax information.

 

 

Can properties offered be removed from the tax sale?

Yes. The Sheriff may remove properties from the tax sale process for reasons including, but not limited to, the payment of taxes due by the owner, or it is determined that any parcel was erroneously listed. Email notification will be forwarded to those interested bidders that the property has been removed.

 

 

Can I purchase multiple properties?

Yes.

 

 

When will I be notified that I am the winning bidder?

Upon the conclusion of the tax sale, winning bidders will be notified, via email.

 

 

Do I have to pay future taxes assessed on the property during the redemptive period?

Yes. A tax sale purchaser is responsible for all future taxes assessed on the property until the property is redeemed. Failure to pay post-tax sale taxes may result in the property being sold at a future tax sale.

 

Are there any hidden cost?

No. The amount listed on the day of the tax sale is the dollar amount due.

Do I have to notify the tax debtor that I purchased their property?

Refer to La. R.S. 47:2156, within the applicable redemptive period, the tax sale purchaser may send a written notice to any or all tax sale parties notifying the parties of the sale…..

Should I consult legal advice?

Yes. You should consult with an attorney as to your rights and obligations as a tax sale purchaser.