Tax Sale Information

County Tax Sale Excess Funds

Tax Sale Excess Funds

IF YOUR ANNUAL REAL ESTATE TAX BILL IS NOT PAID IN FULL BY April 30th, tax sale proceedings will begin on delinquent accounts pursuant to Section 14-813 of the Tax-Property Article.  The County is required to advertise the property four times prior to the June Tax Sale.  Should the property be advertised, the owner is responsible for the advertising expense. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Finance.

Important Restrictions

As of May 1st of each year the County imposes restrictions on payment methods for delinquent bills because the bills have entered the advertising phase of the tax collection process (tax sale). The following restrictions are therefore imposed:
  • Payment must be for the full amount of all outstanding delinquent amounts due the county and municipality plus interest, penalties, and advertising costs.
  • No partial payments will be accepted.
  • A partial payment made by credit card or debit card through Official Payments Corporation will be rejected and the property will continue through the Real Estate Tax Sale Process.
  • No personal checks will be accepted.
  • No electronic personal checks will be accepted.
  • Cash, money order, bank check, credit card, or debit card will be accepted.

 NOTE: No debit or credit cards will be accepted within the 5 days prior to the tax sale.

2017 Real Estate Tax Sale
The 2017 Real Estate Tax Sale was held on Tuesday, June 13th at 10:00am in the Government Office Building Room 301.  
June 13, 2017 Tax Sale Results

During the 2017 Tax Sale, under Maryland Code, Tax Prop. Sec 14-824, the county “shall buy in and hold” any property for which there is no private buyer. Therefore, any property not sold at the Tax Sale is, by law, held by the County. The certificates of sale relating to these properties may be purchased through the Wicomico County Finance Office.

All purchasers must complete a Tax Sale Lien Purchase Agreement to be eligible to purchase properties over the counter.  The completed Purchase Agreement and W9 Forms should be returned to the Department of Finance.

Payment to Wicomico County shall be tendered for the purchase of the Tax Sale Lien Certificate. It shall be in the amount of taxes due including expenses of sale (auctioneer, advertising and miscellaneous fees) noted as “Tax Lien Amount”. In addition
to this amount, accrued interest will be calculated and added to the amount due. A receipt will then be issued.  A tax sale certificate will be provided by mail to you after four months of the original June 13th Tax Sale Date or within 30 days of
purchase if after the four month period.

Below is the Tax Sale Lien Certificate Purchase Agreement, W-9 and List of Properties available for purchase over the counter at the Department of Finance. 

June 13, 2017 Tax Sale - List of Properties Currently Available

Tax Lien Certificate Purchase Agreement

W-9 Request for Taxpayer's ID and Certification