Online Tax Lien Sale FAQ

Online Tax Lien Sale FAQ

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 Act 2018-577, which is codified in the Code of Alabama of 1975 at Title 40, Chapter 10, beginning with Section 180, provides the taxing official in each county with the choice of using either the sale of a tax lien or the sale of property to collect delinquent property taxes each year. 

A tax lien auction is the public sale of all tax liens advertised under Alabama Code § 40-10-182 and held no earlier than March 1 of the current ad valorem tax year where the awarding of the tax lien certificate is based on the lowest interest rate bid on a tax lien.  The purpose of the tax lien auction is to secure payment of delinquent real property taxes in Cherokee County. Cherokee County property owners are required to pay over property taxes annually to the Revenue Commissioner. Real property taxes become due and payable on October 1 in each year, and become delinquent if not paid before January 1 succeeding. The Revenue Commissioner is authorized to secure payment of delinquent taxes through a tax lien auction, in which the perpetual first priority lien provided by Section 40-1-3 of the Code of Alabama is sold and transferred to a purchaser through a public auction, to recover any taxes assessed and levied against the property, along with interest, penalties, fees, and costs.

Date: May 4, 2022 Time: Auction starts at 10:00 AM (CST) and will continue until 5:00 PM (CST) each day until the auction is complete. Online Auction-  Cherokee County has elected to conduct its tax lien auction online for 2021. Bids will be transmitted and received through the internet using a computer and web browser.

Yes, GovEase Auction, LLC will provide online training at

The tax lien auction is held once per year.

The tax liens to be auctioned are for those properties on which the delinquent taxes have not been paid within the provided time period. A list of available properties will be made available by the Revenue Commissioner’s office no later than March 1st each year. An electronic copy of the list of properties may be accessed at The list will include the following information: (1) owner names (2) property description (3) year/years for which taxes are delinquent (4) delinquent taxes owed, plus interest, penalties, fees, and costs calculated as of the date of the auction for each assessment. Please be aware that some property owners may pay their delinquent taxes between the time the list is published and the tax lien action is held, in which case any such properties will not be included in the tax lien auction. 

Yes, at least 30 days before the auction, the Cherokee County Revenue Commission mails notice of the auction to each delinquent taxpayer, and advertises the auction on its official website. In addition, the auction is advertised in the local newspaper. Taxpayers have the opportunity to pay delinquent taxes on their properties up until the tax lien is sold at auction, after which time they have the right of redemption. 

When: After March 1st each year Where: The Cherokee County Revenue Commissioner’s Website,

You can look up parcel information using the Cherokee County Revenue Commissioner’s website by clicking on Taxpayer search and pay for information included in the list such as owner, address, key number, or parcel ID.  Please note that it is your responsibility to independently research any property in which you are interested to determine property value and whether there are any liens, encumbrances, title defects, etc. 

Bidder registration will be available starting April 6th, 2022, at During the registration process, participants are encouraged to thoroughly review the instructions regarding setting up payment, frequently asked questions (FAQs), rules, and the provided online training videos. Please contact the Revenue Commissioner’s office at (256)927-5527, with any other 

We accept the following methods of payment: Cashier’s check, money order, cash, and credit card. A successful bidder must remit full and final payment of funds to the Revenue Commissioner’s office no later than one hour before close of business on the date of the auction.

In order to participate in the online tax lien auction, a bidder must have a computer with internet access and a web browser (recommended: Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome). Most public libraries such as the Cherokee County Public Library generally have computers that are available for public use. 

Bidding via mail, telephone, or fax is not permitted as this year’s tax lien auction will be facilitated entirely by GovEase online at 

A tax lien shall be sold at auction. A lien includes all taxes, interest, penalties, fees, and costs due on the property as of the date of the auction. Bidding is not based on the amount of money the buyers of a tax lien are willing to pay. The amount required to purchase the tax lien is already set. Bids are based on the amount of interest the buyers are willing to accept as full payment on the lien. The lien is sold to the bidder bidding the lowest interest rate on the amount required to be paid to redeem the property from the auction. The beginning interest rate bid shall not exceed a rate of 12%. Additional bids may be made at a rate less than the immediately preceding bid. The bids will be in 1% increments until no bidder continues to bid lower or until the interest rate reaches 0%. Example: If the current bid is 12%, the next acceptable bid will be 11% or lower until bidding stops or reaches 0%. 

Pre-bidding will be available May 3th, 2022. Pre-bidding allows bidders the convenience of reviewing properties and selecting the minimum interest rate they are willing to accept on a property at live auction. 

If the interest rate bid for the property reaches 0% and more than one bidder remains, the winning bid shall be determined by a random number generator. 

Each tax lien offered for auction will be open for bidding for 30 seconds. However, in the event that a bid is placed in the last 10 seconds, the clock will automatically be reset for an additional 10 seconds, to allow other interested bidders the opportunity to submit further bids. 

After the tax lien auction is over, “winning” bidders will receive their Bid Reports with a list of parcel numbers purchased and the corresponding amounts due. Within 10 business days of the close of the tax lien auction, a tax lien certificate, which names the holder of the lien on the described real property and reflects the interest rate per annum as bid on at the auction, will be mailed to the purchaser. The certificate will also include the auction date, assessment year to which the tax lien relates, and the amount of all taxes, penalties, interest, fees, and costs due on the property relating to the assessment year, as of the date of the auction. Also included with the tax lien certificate will be a certificate of redemption form. 

The sale of a tax lien does not extinguish any deed restriction, deed covenant, easement on or appurtenant to the parcel. A tax lien purchased from the County has higher priority than other existing liens on the property. 

Within 10 days after the tax lien auction closes, the Revenue Commissioner will send notice by first class mail to the owner at the address listed in the property assessment, informing that the tax lien has been auctioned. The notice will include the date of the auction and the name and address of the tax lien purchaser. 

The costs of the lien will include all the cost associated with the auction process including a $20 origination fee and $20 auction fee. A $5.00 tax auction certificate fee will be added to each sale. 

No, this is entirely optional. The holder of a tax lien certificate has the first right to purchase the tax lien for the subsequent year’s delinquent taxes on the property described in the certificate. A holder who exercises this right to pay the subsequent year’s taxes is entitled to the same interest rate shown on the previous tax lien certificate. 

Yes, a tax lien certificate may be transferred and assigned to another party. Please refer to Alabama Code § 40-10-187(e) for additional information on transferring tax lien certificates. 

No, as a tax lien purchaser, you are not acquiring any right, title or interest in the property. You are only purchasing a lien against the property based on delinquent taxes. Until redeemed, the tax lien will be considered the foremost financial obligation of the property. If the tax lien is not redeemed within 3 years after the tax lien auction, the holder of the tax lien certificate may bring an action to foreclose the right to redeem and quiet title to the property, provided such action is not brought any later than 10 years after the tax lien auction. 

No, a property owner must redeem all outstanding tax liens on the property before paying the current year taxes due. 

Tax lien redemptions must be made through the Cherokee County Revenue Commissioner’s office. Redemptions can be made any time following the close of the auction, before judgment of foreclosure is entered. Redemption payments must be made in certified funds (cash, cashier’s check, money order). In order to redeem, one must pay off the amount of the debt as specified in the tax lien certificate, which consists of delinquent taxes, interest, penalties, fees, and costs, plus the interest due to the purchaser of the tax lien, as specified in the tax lien certificate and a $10 redemption fee. 

Tax liens may be redeemed by the following: (1) The owner, including a partial owner of less than whole in the real property, or heirs or personal representative; (2) Any mortgagee or purchaser of the property or any portion of the property; or (3) Any person listed under § 40-10-120(a) of the Code of Alabama, if the property has been sold for taxes. 

Once an application to redeem the tax lien has been made by a person who has the right to redeem, and payment for the amount due has been received, the Revenue Commissioner’s office will issue to the redeeming individual a certificate of redemption appended to a copy of the certificate of tax lien, stating the date of redemption, amount paid, and by whom redeemed. The Revenue Commissioner’s office will make entries in the record of tax lien auctions of the above, and mail a copy of the redemption certificate to the holder of the tax lien certificate. 

Tax liens that are not sold at auction are held by Cherokee County. Remaining liens can be purchased over-the-counter at the Revenue Commissioner’s office for no less than all taxes, interest, penalties, costs, and fees; the interest rate may not exceed 12%. Any tax liens remaining unsold after the auction or sale shall be included in future tax lien auctions or sales until they are sold. 

Current year tax liens are not available for purchase because they are not yet delinquent and have not been offered for sale at the annual tax auction. Please contact our office at (256)927-5527 for more information about unsold tax liens. 

We will be happy to email a list to you. Please call our office at (256) 927-5527 to provide us with your email address. 

Pursuant to Alabama Code § 40-10-197, if a tax lien purchased at auction is not redeemed and the holder of the tax lien certificate does not bring a foreclosure action within 10 years from the date of the certificate, the tax lien certificate expires and the lien becomes void. 

Please note that alterations to the law may occur regularly and you are advised to consult with an attorney regarding your specific rights. 

If you need further information, the Code of Alabama Title 40, Article 7, 40-10-180 through 40-10-200 or Act 2018-577 can be found at