What if I have a tax sale lien on my property?
Annual bills and the first installments of semi-annual bills are due on or before September 30 and become delinquent on October 1. The second semi-annual installment is due on or before December 31 and becomes delinquent January 1. Delinquent taxes are subject to interest and penalty at the rate of 1% per month of interest and a 3% penalty on county and municipal taxes as of January 1. Interest and penalties are applied to the net amount of the bill after any credits are applied.

Taxes which remain delinquent on April 1 of each year receive a final legal notice. Town assessments for water and sewer and other fees approved as tax liens by the town code are added to this notice and must be paid to the town in order to not be sold at tax sale. Payments made after mid-April must be in the form of cash, money order or certified check. Credit card payments may be made through Value Payments until two days before the date of sale. Delinquent taxes will result in the sale of the property tax lien through public tax sale.

The tax sale is held on the second Wednesday in June as determined by the comptroller. On this date the county will sell its first lien on the property to a tax sale purchaser. To remove this lien or "redeem the property," the owner or other person with a legal interest in the property may pay all outstanding fees and charges at any time until the right of redemption has been finally barred by decree of the circuit court in which the foreclosure proceeding is filed.

For more information regarding property redemption and tax sale, contact the Caroline County Tax Office at 410-479-0410.

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1. What if I have questions concerning my tax bill?
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4. What if I have a tax sale lien on my property?