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Tax Lien

A lien is placed on something or someone that is in tax delinquency.  For example, if you own a home but do not pay your property taxes, the county will often place a lien on your property for the amount of taxes owed plus any penalties and interest.  Before you can sell or transfer this property, you must pay this tax lien to clear the title.  Also, the IRS may place a lien on a person and any property they own if they fail to pay federal income taxes

Counties, (and in some states, municipalities) issue the most widely known tax liens to property owners who do not pay their property taxes.  If these liens are not paid off in a specified period of time, then in some counties the debt is sold to investors using an instrument called a tax lien certificate.  These certificates are sold at tax sale auctions.   

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