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Kentucky law allows any individual or company qualified under KRS Chapter 134 to purchase taxpayers’ delinquent tax bills at the tax sale held by the County Clerk. The purchase can neither be anticipated nor prevented by the Henderson County Clerk.
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A tax bill is considered “delinquent” when the due date has passed and by statute any appeal rights have expired. Henderson County real estate property tax notices are mailed out in late October or early November by the Sheriff’s Office and are payable to the Sheriff’s Office beginning November 1. They become delinquent on January 1, following their due date. The bills are maintained and collected in the Sheriff’s Office until the Sheriff turns over the uncollected tax bills to the County Clerk’s Office. The delinquent tax bills are then maintained at the Henderson County Clerk’s Office, where they accrue interest of 1% per month plus penalties until paid.
Delinquent taxes may be paid by visiting the Henderson County Clerk’s Office. If you are unable to go to their office, full payment can be mailed by personal check, cashier’s check, money order or certified check. For both, the address is:
Henderson County Clerk20 N Main Street2nd Floor OfficesHenderson, Kentucky, 42420
Yes. You may pay your delinquent tax liability by credit card. Currently, the County Clerk’s Office accepts American Express, Discover and MasterCard. Visa can be used only as a debit. There is a small additional fee charged by the Clerk’s Office for all of these types of payments. Call 270-827-5753 for more details.
Yes. There is a lien against your property until the bill is paid in full.
The buyer receives a Certificate of Delinquency from the County Clerk and must abide by the requirements of KRS 134.490 (PDF), KRS 134.546 (PDF), and all other dictates of KRS Chapter 134. The buyer has fifty (50) days to give you notice he has purchased your tax bill. Payment must be sent directly to the buyer, along with the associated penalties and interest assessed by the buyer. Once you pay the buyer, the buyer sends a release to the County Clerk for recording. You may obtain a copy of the release from the County Clerk for a small fee, at:20 N Main Street, Suite 206Henderson County CourthouseHenderson, KY 42420
The buyer may institute a foreclosure action in court against you for the unpaid debt one (1) year after the creation of the certificate of delinquency. However, some buyers may be in no hurry to collect the debt, given the high interest rates charged, and may simply hold the certificate as long as your equity in the property exceeds the tax debt.