Bidding Rules

Carroll County, Maryland
2021 Tax Lien Sale






Tax Sale Notice

Pursuant to the authority vested in me as the appointed Tax Collector of Carroll County, and in accordance with the Tax-Property Article, Title 14, Subtitle 8 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, notice is hereby given to the owners of the following properties located in Carroll County, Maryland that unless all taxes and charges due are paid before Sunday, June 27, 2021, I will proceed to sell to the highest bidder the following described properties via online tax sale at Bidding will begin Monday, June 28th, 2021 at 10:00 AM ET and end Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET.

Online registration is required to bid at the Tax Sale. Online registration will begin on Friday, June 4th, 2021 and will end on Monday, June 21st, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET. There will be a $100.00 non-refundable registration fee payable at the time of registration online via ACH Debit.

The following is a summary of the terms of the tax sale, additional information is available in the 2021 Terms of Tax Sale: The properties will be sold in fee simple to the highest bidder in U.S. dollars. Following the sale, the purchaser shall pay the amount of taxes and other charges due on the property sold, together with interest and penalties thereon and all costs associated with the sale, via ACH auto-debit by Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET. The purchaser will be issued a Certificate of Sale within 2 weeks following the sale.

The holder of a Certificate of Sale may file a complaint in the Circuit Court to foreclose all rights of redemption after the expiration of six months from the date of sale and before two years from the date of the Certificate of Sale issued by the Collector. Upon presenting the Collector with the final decree of foreclosure, and the payment of the balance of the purchase price together with any subsequent taxes due, a deed will be executed for the property.

The property owners, or interested parties, have the right to redeem the property from tax sale, until such right has been finally foreclosed, by paying all sums paid hereunder together with interest thereon at 14% per annum to the date of payment. In the event of a valid redemption, the purchaser will be refunded sums pursuant to the Certificate of Sale. Until the right of redemption has been foreclosed, the owners shall have the right of possession.


Robert Burk
Tax Collector



Terms of Sale


By registering to bid, each bidder hereby accepts the Carroll County (“County”) terms of tax sale, with the intention to be bound, and hereby declares and affirms, under the penalties of perjury, that the information and representations set forth herein and provided to the County are true and correct. Failure to abide by the terms of tax sale can result, without notice, in the bidder and/or bidding entity being ejected, suspended or barred from the current and/or future tax sales for a period to be determined by the Tax Collector.

1. All bidders must pre-register in accordance with the provisions of the Tax Sale Notice. Late registrations will not be accepted. There will be one bidder allowed for each entity and bids may be made by any bidder for only one entity. Only one bidder’s number will be assigned per legal entity.

2. All individual and entity bidders (corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, limited liability companies) shall be registered in their full legal name as it will appear on the Certificate of Sale and in future legal proceedings and recorded deed documents. All bidders must provide the following information:

a. Full legal name of individual or entity;
b. Street address for principal place of business;
c. Bidder’s name, address, email, and telephone/fax number;
d. Federal tax identification number (entity) or Social Security number (individual);
e. Maryland State Department of Assessments & Taxation identification number (entity);
f. Resident agent(s) name, address, telephone number (entity);
g. Evidence that the entity is registered to do business and is in good standing in the State of Maryland; and,
h. Agents of entity bidders must identify themselves by full name and address and provide evidence of their authorization to bond the principal, if requested by the County.

3. Any sale made to a bidder who is later found not qualified to do business in the State of Maryland will be voided. Monies paid by such bidders will be refunded less a twenty-five percent (25%) service charge.

4. Bidding will begin at an amount set by the Tax Collector and will be no less than the amount due for taxes and other charges and fees. All bid amounts must be stated in U.S. dollars. If there are no bids, the property will be sold to Carroll County for the amount due. The auction will begin with a set of properties and proceed in sets until all properties have been sold. Any agreement, consent or conspiracy to suppress, predetermine, rig or fix the bidding at the tax sale will be deemed to be a violation of the terms of sale, subject to voiding of the bids received, debarment from future sales, and prosecution to the extent allowed by law.

5. The maximum bid on any property shall be set at an amount equal to four (4) times the assessed value, as any bid in excess of the maximum is assumed to have no logical relationship to the actual value of the property. Bidders wishing to bid in excess of the maximum bid must contact the Tax Collector with a valid reason for requesting a waiver of the maximum bid limit.

6. Section §14-818 of the Tax-Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland provides that the payment of the purchase price on tax sales “shall be on the terms required by the Collector.” Successful bids will be conditionally accepted, pending receipt of the amount due. Carroll County reserves the right to refuse to accept bids that are not made in good faith. The County requires that all purchasers remit via ACH auto-debit on the day of the tax sale by 4:00 p.m. the full amount of all taxes and other outstanding charges due on the property, whether in arrears or not, together with interest and penalties on the outstanding amounts and expenses incurred in the making of sale. If the purchaser fails to complete the payment transaction, the sale may be voided, and the purchaser may be barred from future tax sales. In addition, Section §14-818 provides that “the remainder of the purchase price remains on credit.” The difference between the amount bid and the amount paid at the time of sale must be paid following foreclosure and prior to execution of the deed by the Collector.

7. Unredeemed Tax Sale Certificates will be mailed by certified mail/return receipt to the purchasers on or about October 29, 2021 or earlier upon request. The Collections office will record the tax sale certificates on your behalf with the Clerk of the Circuit Court land records on or before August 27, 2021.

8. Notice to the purchasers of the 2021 Tax Sale Certificates: The first day to file in Circuit Court to foreclose the right of redemption on the property is December 31, 2021. Check with the Collections Office (410-386-2965), to verify that the property has not been redeemed. A Bill of Complaint must be filed within two (2) years from the date of the Certificate of Sale or the certificate will expire. The buyer is required to report such filings to the Collections Office immediately. Any right, title, and interest of the purchaser in the property sold shall cease on the date of expiration, and all money paid shall be deeded forfeited.

9. All redemptions must be processed, and all sums paid through the Collections Office, including attorney’s fees and other expenses of the purchaser. All monies collected for redemption will be refunded to the purchaser. Pursuant with State law, no fees incurred in the first four (4) months from the date of sale will be allowed. No monies are to be solicited or accepted by the buyer, their agents, or attorney except through the Collections Office. Any attempt to collect taxes or fees directly from the property owner may result in the buyer being barred from future participation in the Carroll County tax sale.

10. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to advise the Carroll County Tax Collection Office (410) 386-2965, (FAX 410-386-2770) of all expenses incurred in any action or in preparation for any action to foreclose the right of redemption. Upon request, the purchaser shall provide an itemized statement of permitted expenses within five (5) days, and the figures must be valid for a period of at least thirty (30) days. Failure to provide the necessary information within five (5) days of request shall constitute a waiver of a claim to any expenses not previously submitted. A copy of the cancelled checks, and/or a copy of the invoices receipted as paid; and copies of any work produced is required as proof the work was done and the costs were incurred. Carroll County will not be held accountable for collecting expenses unless we have received the required documentation.

11. The rate of interest to be paid to the purchaser is 14% per annum from the date of sale to the date of redemption. The Collections Office will provide tax sale purchasers with Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 and will report any earnings to the proper taxing authorities. Prospective bidders must provide their social security or tax identification numbers to the County to become a registered bidder.

12. Notice regarding invalid or voided sales: When a Tax Sale on a property is voided, for any reason other than as described in #3, purchasers will be notified and advised not to pursue any further foreclosure action or to incur additional expenses. Reimbursement will be limited to the amount paid at the sale.

13. Certificates of sale may be sold between willing buyers and sellers with the exception that no certificates may be sold to the deeded owner of the property. Requests to transfer Tax Sale Certificates will only be recognized after the County has received the proper Assignment Documents legally assigning the Certificates.

14. The Collections Office will inform all property owners and any other parties having an interest in the property of the bid price, and such other information as may be necessary to enable those parties to make an informed financial decision concerning redemption.

15. In order to record a deed to the property from the Tax Collector, all governmental charges and billings including water and sewer charges and special benefit charges made subsequent to the tax sale must be brought current as of the date of the deed. Outstanding benefit assessment principal will be paid from sale proceeds at the time of the transfer. The bid price will be applied to outstanding amounts. Any deficiency will be the responsibility of the buyer.

16. The County and the Tax Collector make no warranty, expressed or implied, that any property has marketable title, that it contains the area of land described in the Notice of Sale, that any property does not contain faults that would be fatal to tax sale foreclosure, or that the true market value of the property bears any relationship to the assessment stated in the Notice of Sale. This is an online public auction. Prospective bidders should investigate the properties before bidding. The purchaser agrees to assume all risks regarding these matters.

17. By registering to bid, each bidder represents and warrants that he/she/it is authorized to bid and ready, willing, and financially able to consummate each sale at the price(s) bid. Bidders acknowledge that this representation is material to the County’s willingness to issue them a bidder number and to accept bids during the sale.

Robert Burk
Tax Collector



Summary of Important Information


  Bidder Accounts  
  Allow foreign bidder registrations     No
  Single simultaneous bidder rule     No
  Auction Information  
  Bidding style     Direct Bid Auction
  Live Bidding or Sealed Bidding Open Live Bidding
  Maximum High Bid Yes
  High-Bid Premium No
  Allow sub-accounts     No
  Automatic certificate rollup / rollup fee   --- ---
  Auction Dates and Times  
  Registration begins (site opens)**     06/04/2021 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Registration fees and Budgets begin     06/04/2021 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Bidding begins     06/28/2021 at 10:00 AM ET  
  Registration fees end       06/21/2021 at 4:00 PM ET   
  Participation Requirements  

    Set a budget  
  Pay the registration fee  

  Participation Requirements Due Date     06/21/2021 at 4:00 PM ET   
  Registrations end     06/21/2021 at 4:00 PM ET   
  First batch closes     06/30/2021 at 10:30 AM ET   
  Batch closing interval     30 Minutes
  Last batch closes     06/30/2021 at 12:00 PM ET  
  Auxiliary batch opens     N/A  
  Auxiliary batch closes     N/A  
  Payment due date     06/30/2021 at 3:00 PM ET   
  Budget, Deposit and Payment Information    
  Deposit or Budget required (% of estimated winnings)     100%
  Registration Fee     $100.00
  Registration Fee Refundable      No
  Registration Fee Applied to Winnings      No
  Deposit / Payment types acceptable:   Deposits Payments
      Budget    Yes ---
      ACH    Yes No
      ACH auto-debit final payment    --- Yes
      Wire transfers   No No
      Counter payments   No No
  Redemptions available via ACH?   No
  Public Access  
  Public computers available?   No
  ** Subject to change. The site will open when approved by the County.  


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