IMPORTANT MEDIA RELEASE
September 15, 2022
Re: ANNUAL TAX LIEN SALE
Effective this year, the Sheriff’s Office will no longer conduct the annual Real Estate Tax Lien Sale. WV Legislature passed Senate Bill 552 into law during this year’s session that now makes the WV State Auditor responsible for conducting these sales. The Sheriff’s Tax Office must certify a list of delinquent properties to the WV State Auditor’s Office at the close of business on October 31st each year. Once this list is submitted to the Auditor’s Office, the landowner must then contact the Auditor’s Office in order to redeem the property before it is sold or after it is sold by them. There is a very limited time after this sale occurs for any redemptions to be made due to this new process. The list of delinquent properties will be published in the newspaper and certified letters sent to the last known address at time of assessment.
Please use this as a reminder of the importance of paying your Real Estate Taxes by October 31st each year to avoid further hassle and unnecessary fees of redeeming your property through the WV State Auditor’s Office. Individuals can read the new law in its entirety by going to wvlegislature.gov and go to Chapter 11A of the WV State Code.
To pay your County Taxes, you can visit the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Tax Office Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm. Delinquent forms of payment are cash, cashier’s check, or money order in the office only. Delinquent payments can only be accepted online via credit card until the end of September.