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  • If you are the Certificate holder on a property that goes into bankruptcy, the Treasurer will file on your behalf with the Court.
  • Purchasing delinquent tax liens at sale is becoming an increasingly popular form of investment.
  • Interested? Here are some facts to help you understand what a tax lien investments is, and what it is NOT:
    • When you purchase a tax lien sale certificate on property, you become a lien holder on the property.
    • You purchase the tax lien, NOT the property! In Mesa County, eventual transfer of deed has occurred in less than one percent of all purchases.
    • Investing in tax liens through purchases at a tax lien sale is just that - an investment. The purchase can be thought of in terms of a potentially long-range C.D. Redemption of the certificate is always at a guaranteed rate of return, and can occur up until the time a Treasurer's Deed is issued.
    • Each year the Colorado Banking Commission determines the rate of return. The annual percentage rate is set at nine points above the federal discount rate as of September 1 of that year.  For 2017, the interest rate will be 11%.
  • All Tax Sales in Colorado are conducted per CRS 39-11-101 thru 39-12-113.

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  • After August 1 of each year, all holders of Tax Lien Certificates have first option to purchase any subsequent years' taxes which remain unpaid. These tax liens may be endorsed on the original certificate at the same guaranteed rate of return.
  • Certificate holders who do not endorse/pay the current tax on certificates held, will not be allowed to bid at future sales.

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