The County Collections Division's primary function is to return tax-delinquent lands to private ownership so the revenues derived can be allocated to the appropriate counties in West Virginia. This is accomplished by redemption of property and by offering the parcels at public auction. This Division is also responsible for preparing annual tax billing statements for each public utility company operating within West Virginia.
The West Virginia State Auditor serves as Commissioner of Delinquent and Nonentered Lands, Ex-Officio. In this capacity, he or she keeps records of lands nonentered to the State, sold for delinquent taxes and redeemed. Property owners have approximately eighteen months to redeem property before it is sold on the auction block.
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Each tract or lot will be sold to the highest bidder. The payment for any tract or lot purchased at a sale shall be made by check or money order payable to the sheriff of the county and delivered before the close of business on the day of the sale.
After the sale of any tax lien on any real property purchased at the delinquent land sales conducted by the sheriffs, the owner of, or any other person who was entitled to pay the taxes on, any real property purchased by an individual may redeem at any time before a tax deed is issued.
In order to redeem real property purchased by an individual in all counties with the exception of Clay, Kanawha and Wood Counties, the owner of, or any other person who was entitled to pay the taxes shall pay to the State Auditor in certified funds, the total amount payable to sheriff and the cost of the Certification of Redemption, as well to provide a signed affidavit for redeeming real estate as provide by the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office.
For the counties of Clay, Kanawha and Wood those redeeming must contact the County Clerk in those respective counties for the amount required to redeem.
*These rates are subject to change
By selecting a payment option below you will be taken to a secure server to complete your transaction on the West Virginia State Treasurer's website.
Properties sold to an individual at a sheriff's land sale cannot be paid by credit card per West Virginia State code §11A-3-24
Notices to Redeem - Notices to Redeem, as well as, payment must be received October 31, 2016 between December 31, 2016 for properties purchased in 2015. In addition, you must submit the Certificate of Sale and documentation.
Deed - The amount due for the deed will be mailed to you prior to March 31, 2017 and must be received by the date on the invoice to receive a deed for properties purchased in 2015.
Additional Tax Years' Taxes - Recording fee required in order to receive credit for any additional taxes paid subsequent to the day of the sale.
Redemptions - Payment must be for the amount on the statement and must paid by the date on the statement.
Bid - The only statuses of properties that you may submit a bid on are No Bid and Sold – Did Not Follow Through. In addition, you must submit the Auditor’s Office Delinquent and Nonentered Bid Form, at the time of your bid.
Notices to Redeem - Payment must be for the amount on your invoice.
Deed - Payment for your deed must be received by the date on your invoice.
Public Utility Taxes - Payment of Public Utility Taxes.
Fees required for documents to be copied