Utah does not sell tax liens. Utah sells tax deeds. The tax deed sale in Utah generally takes place in May of each year. This sale is called the 'Final Sale' and is administered through the County Auditor's Office. Utah does present some interesting scenarios for the tax deed investor, however the tax deeds sold in Utah have a troubling 4 year redemption time period. This allows the delinquent taxpayer to tender payment up to 4 years after the tax sale and take back title to the property.
A favored approach is to contact the County Auditor in each county and investigate 'over the counter' purchase opportunities. The advantage can sometimes be the avoidance of a lengthy redemption period. My opinion is that a long redemption time period can make profitable investing in Utah more challenging. The key consideration when purchasing tax deed property in Utah will be focusing on properties' with expired redemption periods. This will typically occur if the County Auditor is the trustee of the property and the redemption clock has begun to run.
Like most tax deed states I suggest reviewing the state statutes relating to Property Tax Collection and the Enforcement of Delinquent Property Taxes. Focus on networking and learning from attorney's who have expertise in this area and talk to other investors.
NOTE: In all tax deed states research is very important. This is because the possibility of land ownership is very high. You should begin reading the state statutes relating to property taxes and delinquent tax collection practices. It is very important to be fully aware of which liens will survive the sale and foreclosure of the deed. The new owner of the parcel will be responsible for any surviving liens and claims attached to the property.
We currently do not sell a product that details the Utah tax deed sale process. I do have extensive experience with deed sale purchases and can give you some critical research suggestions to making tax deed sales work. I do suggest reading the state's tax code relating to property taxes. If you have any questions please email me or set up a consultation. If you are interested in investing in any other states I have developed two high detailed 'best of breed' tax sale products that will guide you through the entire process of researching, inspecting,
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Darius M. Barazandeh, J.D./M.B.A.
Utah Tax Collection Entities
Utah Sate Statutes - Select the Property Tax Code and Review the following areas:
- Property Tax Collection
- Collection and Enforcement of Delinquent Property Taxes
Legislative Tax Publication - Legislative Tax Publication - I suggest periodically reviewing this information for any upcoming changes to the tax code
Census Bureau Information on Utah - Use this data to research counties and to link to any online county databases
Suggested Reading # 1:
Tax Lien and Deeds Some Basics for Your Success
by Darius M. Barazandeh
Suggested Reading # 2:
Tax Sale and Tax Lien Due Diligence Matters!
by Darius M. Barazandeh
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