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F A Q County Held

Highlands County 2022 "County-Held" Tax Certificate Sale


What is a County-held tax certificate sale and how is it different from a traditional sale?

County-held certificates are certificates that were not sold at the tax certificate sale and were struck to the County. They carry an 18% interest rate and are offered to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The purchase is completed on the web site using an electronic check. It is no longer necessary to go to the Tax Collector’s office in person to purchase County-held certificates.

What equipment and software will I need?

There is no special software or hardware needed for the sale. In order to participate, buyers must have access to the Internet.

How much does it cost to enter the sale and how do I pay for certificates purchased?

There is no fee to participate. If you have not already entered your banking information, when you click on the “Buy Now” button, the web site will direct you to the “Provide Banking Information” area. Once your banking information has been entered, you will authorize the amount of the certificate and the purchase is complete. An ACH transaction (electronic check) is generated which debits your bank account for the amount of your purchase.  These funds are transferred directly to the Tax Collector's account.

What happens if a certificate is redeemed before the Tax Collector receives my payment?
All sales are unofficial until fund transfers are complete and certificate purchases are finalized by the Tax Collector’s office.

Certificates that are paid or redeemed PRIOR to the receipt of "good funds" at the Tax Collector’s office will result in the purchase price being refunded to the purchaser (without interest).

How do I get started?

Click here to register. The step by step wizard will guide you through the registration process in just a few minutes.

How do I contact Customer Service?

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