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Tax Claim Bureau

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Effective Immediately, the Tax Claim Bureau will not accept cash until further notice. 

The Tax Claim Bureau provides for the efficient collection of delinquent real estate taxes and the return of properties to the tax rolls.

Each year, the Tax Claim Bureau receives and distributes approximately $25 million in taxes to the County, 54 Bucks County townships and boroughs, and Bucks County school districts.

The Bureau receives over 8,500 liens each year. These liens are settled either through receipt of payment or an agreement to stay sale of property. The Bureau remains in constant contact with the public and their financial problems regarding these liens.

Tax Claim Public Access: http://buckspa.devnetwedge.com/

Paying Your Delinquent Taxes   Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Information Sheet
 Bucks County Tax Collectors
Request for Statement PA Rent Rebate Information
Request for Tax Lien Certificate Tax Claim Bureau FAQ 
Request for Sale File Agreement to Stay Sales Rules 
Rules and Regulations for Repository Sales Rules for Judicial and Upset Sale 
 Repository Listing  

Procedure for collecting delinquent taxes

Real estate tax notices are mailed out by each municipality's tax collector. If the taxes are not paid by December 31st (of the year the taxes become due and payable) each local tax collector returns all delinquent and uncollectables to the Tax Claim Bureau for further collection.

The Bureau sends out a "Notice of Claim" which notifies each property owner with the delinquent taxes that a claim has been entered against the property. These notices are generally mailed by certified mail in the spring of the year after the tax was due. The tax claim becomes "absolute" if it is not paid by December 31st of the year it was turned over to the Tax Claim Bureau.

In July (of the 2nd year after the original tax bill was issued by the local tax collector), the property owner will receive notice that the property will be advertised, posted and sold: the sale is not to be earlier than the 2nd Monday of September, but before October 1. If the tax due is not paid by July 1, the property is advertised for sale, and posted by the Bucks County Sheriff. (After June 1st of that same year, payment must be made in the form of a cashier's check, money order, or cash).

The upset sale is held in September of the second year following the initial billing from the tax collector. If the properties are not sold at the upset sale, they are listed to be sold at a judicial sale.

The last opportunity for the taxpayer to pay the taxes due and avoid the upset sale would be prior to the close of business at the courthouse the day before the sale.

Dates of the Sales 
Time:  10:00 a.m. 
Place:  Bucks County Administration Building Commissioners' Meeting Room, 1st Floor 
Upset Sale: 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Moved to December 8, 2020 - Online Auction

Adjourned Upset Sale:  Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Adjourned/Judicial Sale: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Online Auction
Repository Sale Lists are available throughout the year at the Bureau, or on the Repository Rules/Repository Listing page. 
Services Provided 
Statement of Account: $5.00
Tax Lien Certificate:  $15.00/parcel # 


Tax Claim Bureau 
Kristian Ballerini, Director
55 East Court Street 
Fifth Floor, Administration Building 
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6274
New Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Effective Immediately, the Tax Claim Bureau will not accept cash until further notice.