Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deed Sales in Massachusetts MA

There are 14 Counties in Massachusetts. It became the 6th state on February 6, 1788. The state motto is "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty".

Massachusetts does not offer Massachusetts Tax Lien Certificates instead it offers Massachusetts Tax Deed Redeemable with a 6 months right of redemption. The original owner may redeem by paying the purchase price plus interest at the rate of 16% per annum.

Summary: The collector shall give notice by publication of the time and place of sale of land for nonpayment of taxes (Chapter 60 Sec. 40), If the taxes are not paid, the collector shall, at the time and place appointed for the sale, sell by public auction the property for which taxes are delinquent (Sec. 43). If at the time and place of sale no person bids for the land offered for sale an amount equal to the tax and charges, and if the sale has been adjourned one or more times, the collector shall then and there make public declaration of the fact; and, if no bid equal to the tax and charges is then made, he shall give public notice that he purchases for the town by which the tax is assessed said land as offered for sale at the amount of the tax and the charges and expenses of the levy and sale. Said amount, together with the cost of recording the deed of purchase, shall be allowed him in his settlement with such town, provided he has caused the deed to be duly recorded within sixty days after the purchase and to be delivered to the town treasurer (Sec. 48). The collector shall execute and deliver to the purchaser a deed of the land. The deed shall convey the land to the purchaser, subject to the right of redemption. No sale hereafter made shall give to the purchaser any right to possession of the land until the right of redemption is foreclosed, as hereinafter provided (Sec. 45).

Law: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 60, "Collection of Local Taxes."

Tax Sale List: Use Massachusetts Tax Sale Lists to search for Massachusetts tax lien certificates to buy or bid on. Generally most Massachusetts tax sale lists will identify the property owner, parcel number, legal description and the amount due. In some cases, the tax sale list may include the tax collectors assessed value of the property.

Contact: Local tax collector (Chapter 60: Sec. 2, Sec. 43).

Interest Rate: 16% per annum. (Chapter 60: Sec. 62)

Auction Type: Tax Deed Redeemable (Sec. 45)

Bidding Procedure: Bidder raises the amount payable above the minimum (Sec. 43). The sale covers the smallest undivided part of the land which will bring said amount, or the whole for said amount. and shall at such sale require of the purchaser an immediate deposit of such sum as he considers necessary to insure good faith in payment of the purchase money, and, on failure of the purchaser to make such deposit forthwith, the sale shall be void and another sale may be made. (Chapter 60: Sec. 43)

Costs: Please see statute for a long list of costs & fess payable by the purchaser (Chapter 60: Sec. 15).

Redemption Period: Any person having an interest in land taken or sold for nonpayment of taxes, may redeem the same by paying or tendering to the treasurer the amount of the tax title account of the land being redeemed, and interest at sixteen per cent upon the original sum for which the land was taken or sold, from the date of sale, and upon each sum certified, from the date of certification, together with all charges lawfully added to the tax title account of such land subsequently to such taking or sale, or may redeem the same by paying or tendering to said treasurer installments on account of the tax title account, each of which except the last, together with the full amount of interest, as aforesaid, to the date of payment of the amount of the tax title account or balance thereof remaining due at the time of such payment, and all charges lawfully added as aforesaid until the full amount of the tax title account, with interest as aforesaid and all such charges, is paid. (Sec. 62). The petition for foreclosure may be filed after six months from the date of the tax sale (Sec. 65).

Deed assigned at Foreclosure to: The collector shall execute and deliver to the purchaser a deed of the land (Sec. 45, Sec. 64).




County:  Auction Type:  Bidding Type:  Population: 
Barnstable  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 222,230
Bristol  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 534,678
Dukes  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 14,987
Nantucket  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 9,520
Norfolk  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 650,308
Plymouth  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 472,822
Suffolk  Tax Deed Redeemable  Premium Bid 689,807

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By D.L. Cote on Thursday, February 14th 2008, 9:36 am:
Why is Essex County omitted from the list?

By PETE on Thursday, April 02nd 2009, 1:44 pm:
Why is Middlesex county missing on the list?

By Jomar on Friday, August 07th 2009, 9:26 am:
Why is Essex, still missing from the list.

By Ray on Wednesday, November 04th 2009, 4:11 pm:
who is answering the above questions?

By gil on Wednesday, July 28th 2010, 3:40 am:
no one

By jake on Saturday, October 30th 2010, 12:08 am:
this is fun, ain't it?

By Ed on Friday, February 18th 2011, 2:43 am:
Not worth tax investing in MA. Money wanted by state, county for every public information research document. Every title in the stste is clouded. Go west young man.

By christopher james davis on Monday, April 11th 2011, 3:42 pm:
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