Tax Sale Information

To Participate in the annual delinquent tax sale as a tax investor: 

Refer to Illinois State Statutes, Chapter 35.
Register in writing at least ten (10) working days prior to tax sale with the Treasurer.
Submit registration fee of $500.
Delinquent tax listings are published in local newspapers throughout the county.
A delinquent tax list will be available a few weeks before the sale. 

Contact the Treasurer's Office regarding availability date and costs. (618-825-2455)   
Annual automated tax sales are conducted at the end of each tax cycle (typically in November).
The tax sale this year will be held November 22, 2021.  The County Courthouse will be closed November 11, 2021. 
Sale hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A few days after the sale, certificates are issued and payments are due.
Subsequent taxes may be paid in the Collector's Office two weeks after the second installment due date. 
For additional information, contact Sara Morgan Francis (618) 825-2455.

Tax Sale Archives Are Available Here


Tax Sales are usually held in November This year's sale will occur on November 22, 2021.
This date may fluctuate from year to year.
The tax sale usually lasts three to four days.

The tax sale is conducted one time per year.

A few days after the sale, certificates are issued and complete payment is due.
Accepted forms of payment include business check, cashier's check, or cash.
A $500 registration fee is required.

The bids start at 18% and decrease. The lowest bid is accepted.

Tax sale certificates are issued at the time of payment.

There may be fees imposed by the County Clerk, please contact them for more information.

It takes three years to petition the court for a tax deed and YOU will have to handle this process.

All unpaid taxes are sold at the annual tax sale.
Taxes not purchased by investors are assigned to the St. Clair County Trustee, Joseph Meyer.
You may contact Mr. Meyer's office for assignment purchases, 1-800-248-2850.


Yes, all representatives must be listed on your registration.

A listing is available a few weeks prior to the tax sale.
PDF file costs $400, free updates available.

The St. Clair County Trustee holds a public auction each quarter. For the next auction date, click here. The intent of the public auction is to return delinquent property to the tax rolls.