Tax Auction



Public Auction Date: TBA

Public Auction Begins: 10:00 a.m.

Location:     Shasta County Administration Building
                     Board of Supervisors Chamber
                     1450 Court Street, Room 263
                     Redding, California

Tax Auction List: Minimum Bid- 2020 Auction List NOW AVAILABLE

Tax Auction Forms
Bidder Instructions - Handed out Day of Auction 

Registration:  Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27, 2020; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration Location: 1450 Court Street, Room 227, Redding CA; Bidders may NOT register the day of the auction. Bidders must register in person (not by mail).

A deposit of $500, completed Registration and Terms of Sale form, and completed Deed Information form is required at the time of registration along with proper identification.

Required Deposit: $500 (make sure the deposit is only $500; we will not hold all of the funds you plan to bid with)

 Bid Paddle Distribution: Will take place the day of auction: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; Each bidder MUST show proper identification and submit the deposit receipt they received at registration to obtain their assigned bid paddle.  


Table of Contents:

Right of Redemption

The right of redemption on a parcel ceases at 5:00 p.m. the last business day prior to the sale.

If there is an item number not offered, it means that the item has been redeemed or withdrawn prior to the sale. The term REDEEMED indicates that all defaulted taxes, penalties, fee(s), and/or costs have been paid in full. The term WITHDRAWN indicates that the parcel will not be offered at sale. Reasons for withdrawing a parcel from sale can include, but are not limited to an assessee who is the debtor in bankruptcy, unprobated estate, the tax collector's determination to sell at another sale, and/or an error in advertising or noticing.

Redemption (payment in full) can be made by check, cashier's check, money order, cash or wire. Payment can be mailed or sent by express or priority delivery, but UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE WILL A REDEMPTION PAYMENT BE ACCEPTED IF RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE AFTER 5:00 P.M. OF THE LAST BUSINESS DAY PRIOR TO THE SALE. Additionally, any redemption payment remitted after January 31st MUST be made in the form of CASH, CASHIER'S CHECK (no personal checks), MONEY ORDER or CREDIT/DEBIT CARD.

 Credit Cards

Accepted Payment Methods: Online, by Phone, or in the Office.

To pay by phone call: 844-784-9715 (IVR)

Convenience Fee: Shasta County property taxes may be paid with any of the above listed Credit/Debit Cards or by E-Check. The company we use to process electronic payments will add a convenience fee to your bill. The fee to pay with a Credit Card is 2.25% of the bill with a minimum fee of $2.50. To pay with a Debit Card is a flat $3.95.  E-Check fee is a flat $0.50 for up to $100,000 per payment transaction. You may pay up to 10 assessments per E-Check.

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Terms and Conditions

Registration and Terms of Sale Form

(MUST PRINT IN COLOR, DOUBLE SIDED, LEGAL SIZE PAPER) or obtain a form from our office.

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Registration Requirements

Registration, Deposit and Bid Paddle Instructions: 

  • Completely read the Registration and Terms of Sale Form
  • (MUST PRINT IN COLOR, DOUBLE SIDED, LEGAL SIZE PAPER) or obtain a form from our office.
  • Complete Registration and Terms of Sale Form front and back.
  • Complete Deed Information Form and make sure all signatures are obtained from those who will be included on the deed.
  • Submit, IN PERSON, your completed Registration and Terms of Sale Form, Deed Information Form and $500 deposit (with proper identification) on the dates noted above at the Shasta County Tax Collector's office, 1450 Court Street, Room 227, Redding CA
  • Form of payment: Cash or Certified funds (cashier's check, certified bank check, certified personal check, money order or traveler's check (with proper identification)
  • Make certified funds payable to: Lori J. Scott, Tax Collector
  • Bidders may make certified funds payable to their own name but Lori's name must also be included. For example: Lori J. Scott, Tax Collector and/or John Doe
  • Registered bidders will be given a registration receipt. This receipt must be submitted the day of the auction to the clerk at the reception table outside the Board of Supervisor Chambers, Room 263, between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Bidders will be given their assigned bid paddles at this time.
  • BIDDER INSTRUCTIONS - Handed out day of Auction

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Payment Information

FUNDS MUST BE AVAILABLE DURING THE AUCTION. Successful bidders MUST pay for their parcel during the 20-25 minute recess. If any parcel is reoffered and sold after recess, payment must be made immediately at the conclusion of the sale. The successful bidder is required to remit payment of the bid price plus the document transfer tax and recording fees that apply.  

Payments will be accepted ONLY in the following negotiable forms: (1) CASH; (2) CASHIER'S CHECK; (3) CERTIFIED BANK CHECK; (4) TRAVELERS' CHECKS with proper identification; (5) MONEY ORDERS. Certified funds should be drawn payable to: Lori J. Scott, Tax Collector.


Mailed or sealed bids cannot be accepted for our public auction sale. You or your agent must be present at the auction to bid on the properties.

The right of redemption on a parcel ceases at 5:00 p.m. of the last business day prior to the sale. The successful bidder must pay the full purchase price to the Treasurer-Tax Collector on any high bid. The Documentary Stamp Act requires the payment of a "Transfer Tax" at the rate of 55 cents for each $500.00 of value or fractional part thereof when the bid exceeds $100.00. The transfer tax will be collected at the time the purchase price is paid in full. If the minimum bid was reduced during this auction or any previous auction the successful bidder is responsible to pay the current year taxes by April 10, 2019. A personal check will be accepted for the current taxes. Call our office at 530-225-5511 to obtain current year tax amount.

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Warning - Research Before You Invest!

The sale of these properties should not, in any way, be equated to real estate sales by licensed salesmen, brokers and realtors. The Shasta County Tax Collector cannot guarantee the condition of the property nor assume any responsibility for conformance to codes, permits or zoning ordinances. You should inspect the property before investing. The burden is on the purchaser to thoroughly research, before the sale, any matters relevant to his or her decision to purchase, rather than on the county, whose sole interest is the recovery of back taxes.

It is recommended that bidders consult with the Zoning Department of any city within which a particular parcel lies, or the Zoning Section of the County Planning Department for an unincorporated area parcel. Tax-defaulted property will be sold on an "as is" basis. Any costs incurred by the purchaser during the process will be borne by the purchaser. Should the successful purchaser desire a survey of the property, this must be done at the purchaser's own initiative and expense. No warranty is made by the County, either expressed or implied, relative to usability, the ground location, or property lines of the properties. The exact location, desirability, and usefulness of the properties must be determined by the prospective purchaser. Refund of any purchase or any payment on a credit sale will not be made.

The County assumes no liability for any other possible liens, encumbrances or easements, recorded or not recorded. When property is sold at Public Auction on which the IRS holds a tax lien, the United States has the right of redemption for 120 days from the date of such sale (26 USC §7425(d) and Revenue and Taxation Code §3712(g)). The IRS will pay the actual amount paid for the property by the bidder, plus interest at 6% per annum from date of sale, plus the expenses of sale that exceed any income received from the property.

"Caveat Emptor"


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Deed Information

The deed information form must be completed and submitted the day of registration. The information required is necessary for the proper completion of a Tax Deed to Purchaser. Completion of forms beforehand will help speed up the sale. (How You Take Title to Real Property)

Generally, the successful bidder may take possession of a property after making payment in full, the Tax Deed to Purchaser is recorded, and complying with any conditions set forth between the tax collector and the successful bidder. However, most title companies will not insure the title until one year after the tax sale deed is recorded. Legal action to challenge a tax sale must be brought within one year of the tax sale deed recording date. Therefore, it is not advisable to make any improvements to the property during the first year of ownership.

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How You Take Title to Real Property

Click here for information to help you determine vesting title in property you acquire at our tax auction. For example: Do you want Sole Ownership, Co-Ownership, Joint Tenancy, etc...

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Property Maps

Plat maps and copies of maps on the auction properties are available at the Shasta County Assessor's Office, Shasta County Administration Center, 1450 Court Street, Ste. 208A, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3600, for a fee. The maps show the approximate dimensions and general geographical location of the properties.

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