Filing a Law Suit to Collect a Delinquent Tax

Filing a law suit to collect a delinquent tax is an expensive and time consuming act. The law firm will generally not file a law suit to collect a tax unless prior efforts to collect the unpaid tax have been unsuccessful. If a law suit is filed, however, the costs of that lawsuit are not paid by the local government but by the delinquent taxpayer. Below, please find a general timeline of the delinquent tax collection process.


• June – Receive a letter from the county letting them know about the additional penalty to be incurred in July
• July 1st – County transfers your account to collection attorneys and automatically adds an additional 15-20% penalty in addition to the penalties and interest already applied. Increasing your original tax bill up to 36% – 41%
• Collection attorneys will send taxpayer notification to phone contacts
• Lawfirm will file a tax suit. All court costs are passed on to the taxpayer which could range from $623.00 to $2,288.00, depending on what kinds of property are being taxed,
• Each owner of the property is liable to be sued personally for delinquent taxes.
• Each taxing unit holds a tax lien and have the power to foreclose on the lien and seize the property
• The property will then be auctioned, and the proceeds used to pay the taxes.

These are estimates only, but as you can see, different lawsuits will have different total costs and each scenario is very expensive. It’s better to pay the delinquent taxes BEFORE a lawsuit is filed and save the money for other things. Nonetheless, if a lawsuit is filed against you to collect a delinquent tax, please consult a competent lawyer of your choice.


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