Tax Sale

The County holds an annual Tax Sale in May or June of each year. Tax lien certificates for properties with delinquent taxes, water and sewer bills or other liens will be auctioned to the highest bidder. On or about March 1, the County will send a delinquent notice to all property owners with delinquent bills and advertise the delinquent properties in the Howard County Times / Columbia Flier for at least four weeks prior to the sale.

Participation in the Howard County Tax Sale may result in the immediate purchase of a “tax lien,” but not an actual property; therefore, discretion is encouraged. There may be tax liens pertaining to property sold for which taxes were paid prior to the sale date or other circumstances which render the sale invalid or void. 

Real Property Tax


The procedure for redemption of properties sold at tax sale is governed by state law set forth in Title 14, Subtitle 8 of the Tax-Property Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. The County does not provide legal advice to either the tax sale purchaser or the property owner on their respective rights under the law. Instead, you should either consult the state law or obtain independent legal advice on your rights and responsibilities under the law. No information on our website is intended to constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in determining your rights

Tax Sale

Tax Sale Proceeds

Tax Sale Surplus and Excess Funds

Posted 6/11/21


Tax sale surplus and excess funds information is provided as a convenience.  If you are a third-party providing a service in an attempt to obtain these funds,

all claims must be filed through the Circuit Court for Howard County for adjudication.  The county will not disperse funds to any third party without a signed Order of Court. 

Do not contact the County for claim filing information or an explanation of the data provided.  It is your responsibility to do your own due diligence and seek any necessary

legal counsel before proceeding with initiating any claims for surplus or excess funds.

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