Frequently Asked Questions


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How do I get address information for properties being sold?

Often delinquent tax parcels are unaddressed parcels that are not located on a public road or do not have an assigned address. In such cases, most localities have an online Geographic Information System (GIS) that allows the real estate to be looked up online.  NOTE...

What am I Expected to Pay on the Auction Day?

Terms of sale vary, so review the advertisement, the bid package on the day of the auction, or ask one of the TACS staff about the terms.  Announcements will be made at the beginning of each auction to provide the terms of sale and answer any questions about the...

What is the Auction Like?

Real estate tax auctions are fun.  Many can be intimidated their first time participating in an auction, but the concept is simple….If you want to buy the property, raise your hand and keep raising if you are outbid.  If you are the last person to bid, then you...

Why do I owe a court fine?

A court may have ruled against you for any number of matters (traffic citation, damage to property, criminal matters, etc).  Once the unpaid fine is delinquent, the court may send the account to a firm such as TACS for collection.  You must pay your account to avoid...

How Can I Make Payments On My Obligation?

Phone Payments You may conveniently pay your account over the telephone by calling 804-545-2500 (option 2) or 703-880-1072 (option 2) with the assistance of one of our representatives.  Please note that a convenience fee will apply. Online Payments Online payments can...

How long will it take to sell my property?

Typically the litigation process will take 6-9 months.  If you were denied a payment plan or defaulted on a plan, you may redeem the property at anytime prior to the auction date by paying in all accumulated tax, penalties, interest, fees and costs of the...

Can I enter into a payment plan?

Yes.  We require a down payment to initiate a payment plan.  The sooner you begin paying, the sooner you will have it paid off.  Payment plans are serious, however, and under Virginia Code §58.1-3965, if you default on a payment plan, you cannot enter into another...

Why are you selling my property?

We don’t want to sell any property, rather we prefer to collect the account voluntarily.  Litigation is expensive for the taxpayer and costly to the locality.  If you cannot afford to pay the taxes all at once, please consider entering into a payment plan to avoid...

How can I purchase real estate that is behind on taxes?

There are no tax lien sales in Virginia, however, you may purchase real estate at a public auction.  You can sign up to receive notice of our upcoming tax sales (https://tacsproduction.wpengine.com/interested-bidder-form/).

What makes a property eligible for litigation or sale?

Various factors are considered for each client related to which accounts are moved into litigation or the tax sale process.  If you have received a letter discussing selling your real estate from our office, your account will likely be moving into litigation for tax...