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Tax Sale Buyer Information

County Administration Building - Room 154
111 Court Avenue, Des Moines IA, 50309
Phone: 515-286-3060 Fax: 515-323-5202



Tax Sale Redemption Funds
Tax Sale Buyer With Active Tax Sales
Affidavit for lost or destroyed tax sale certificate
Tax Sale Buyer Address Change Request document


The Polk County Treasurer is responsible for the administration of the Annual Tax Sale and must offer for sale, in an open competitive bidding process (Iowa Code Chapter 446), parcels in which taxes have become delinquent. The purpose of the tax sale is to collect unpaid taxes. The Annual Tax Sale takes place in June of each year at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.

Below are current and past tax sale information packets provided for reference purpose only. Delinquent taxes on a parcel subject to sale will be advertised in June in a Polk County newspaper of general circulation. Properties are listed in parcel number order and have a sequence number for bidding purposes. Copies of the newspaper are available for purchase at the Polk County Treasurer's Office.

In Addition, computer reports of delinquent items are available in three formats:
  1. Paper report - Paper reports can be picked up in room 155 or mailed through the U.S. Postal Service or UPS regular delivery.

  2. Electronic Report Via Treasurer’s Web Site (view only) – FREE -  Customers may view the computer report from the Treasurer’s Office Web Site beginning the first week of May at no cost by selecting one of the links below.
    Real Estate Public Bidder Sale
    Real Estate Regular Sale
    Mobile Home Public Bidder Sale
    Mobile Home Regular Sale

  3. Electronic Download Report Via Treasurer’s Web Site – Password Access: Customers may download the computer report from the Treasurer’s web site in a format compatible with most spreadsheet and database programs for a fee. The fee includes unlimited download capability. The Treasurer’s Office will assign a user name and password to you upon receipt of your payment. The user name and password number is valid only for the tax sale(s) listed in the table below.
To place an order in one or more of the previously mentioned formats, complete the ‘Delinquent Tax List Order Form’ and return it with your check for the appropriate fee to the Polk County Treasurer’s Office.

You will receive a user ID, password and the Internet web-site address from the Treasurer’s Office once you have paid for the report.

Format

Method of Delivery

Effective Dates

Cost

Paper Report

Pick Up

June Annual Tax Sale

$40.00 ea.

Paper Report

U.S. Mail / UPS

 June Annual Tax Sale

$50.00 ea.

Paper Report

Pick Up

All Adjourned Tax Sales

$10.00 ea.

Paper Report

U.S. Mail / UPS

All Adjourned Tax Sales

$10.00 ea.

Electronic Report
(view only)

Internet

June Annual Tax Sale & All Adjourned Tax Sales 

Free

Electronic download Report

Internet

June Annual Tax Sale & All Adjourned Tax Sales

$50.00


Submit the request and payment for paper reports or electronic downloadable files to:

Polk County Treasurer
Attn: Tax Administrative Supervisor
111 Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-2298
Fax: (515)323-5202
E-mail: propertytax@polkcountyiowa.gov

Copying, distributing, or selling the tax sale computer report is prohibited.

The investor is responsible for all research on parcels available for auction.

The following sites are available that may help an investor research parcels for the tax sale:

Please contact the Cash Management Division of the Polk County Treasurer's Office at
515-286-3035 for information concerning tax sale redemption funds.

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