2018 Indiana Code
TITLE 6. Taxation
ARTICLE 1.1. PROPERTY TAXES
CHAPTER 24. Sale of Real Property When Taxes or Special Assessments Become Delinquent
6-1.1-24-5. Conduct of sale; parcels subject to sale; minimum sale price; sale by electronic means
Sec. 5. (a) When a tract or an item of real property is subject to sale under this chapter, it must be sold in compliance with this section.
(b) The sale must be held at the times and place stated in the notice of sale.
(c) A tract or an item of real property may not be sold under this chapter to collect:
(1) delinquent personal property taxes; or
(2) taxes or special assessments which are chargeable to other real property.
(d) A tract or an item of real property may not be sold under this chapter if all the delinquent taxes, penalties, and special assessments on the tract or an item of real property and the amount prescribed by section 1.5 or 2(b)(3)(D) of this chapter, whichever applies, reflecting the costs incurred by the county due to the sale, are paid before the time of sale.
(e) The county treasurer shall sell the tract or item of real property, subject to the right of redemption, to the highest bidder at public auction. The right of redemption after a sale does not apply to an item of real property that is on the vacant and abandoned property list prepared by the county auditor under section 1.5 of this chapter. Except as provided in section 1.5 of this chapter, a tract or an item of real property may not be sold for an amount which is less than the sum of:
(1) the delinquent taxes and special assessments on each tract or item of real property;
(2) the taxes and special assessments on each tract or item of real property that are due and payable in the year of the sale, regardless of whether the taxes and special assessments are delinquent;
(3) all penalties which are due on the delinquencies;
(4) the amount prescribed by section 2(b)(3)(D) of this chapter reflecting the costs incurred by the county due to the sale;
(5) any unpaid costs which are due under section 2(c) of this chapter from a prior tax sale; and
(6) other reasonable expenses of collection, including title search expenses, uniform commercial code expenses, and reasonable attorney's fees incurred by the date of the sale.
(f) For purposes of the sale, it is not necessary for the county treasurer to first attempt to collect the real property taxes or special assessments out of the personal property of the owner of the tract or real property.
(g) The county auditor shall serve as the clerk of the sale.
(h) Real property certified to the county auditor under section 1.5 of this chapter must be offered for sale in a different phase of the tax sale or on a different day of the tax sale than the phase or day during which other real property is offered for sale.
(i) The public auction required under subsection (e) may be conducted by electronic means, at the option of the county treasurer. The electronic sale must comply with the other statutory requirements of this section. If an electronic sale is conducted under this subsection, the county treasurer shall provide access to the electronic sale by providing computer terminals open to the public at a designated location. A county treasurer who elects to conduct an electronic sale may receive electronic payments and establish rules necessary to secure the payments in a timely fashion. The county treasurer may not add an additional cost of sale charge to a parcel for the purpose of conducting the electronic sale.
[Pre-1975 Property Tax Recodification Citations: 6-1-56-4; 6-1-56-5; 6-1-56-9 part.]
Formerly: Acts 1975, P.L.47, SEC.1. As amended by Acts 1977, P.L.73, SEC.2; P.L.60-1986, SEC.5; P.L.88-1987, SEC.4; P.L.60-1988, SEC.11; P.L.83-1989, SEC.11; P.L.50-1990, SEC.9; P.L.68-1993, SEC.5; P.L.39-1994, SEC.9; P.L.139-2001, SEC.5; P.L.169-2006, SEC.21; P.L.89-2007, SEC.4; P.L.56-2012, SEC.4; P.L.5-2015, SEC.17; P.L.247-2015, SEC.16; P.L.251-2015, SEC.7.