McLean County Clerk
115 E. Washington Street, Room 102
PO Box 2400 Bloomington, IL 61702-2400
Phone: 309-888-5190 Fax: 309-888-5932
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Contact the Treasurer's Office, phone (309) 888-5180, for information on the following:
Taxes you paid on time in the past
Due date for the next installment of current taxes
Registering as a tax buyer
Contact the Assessor's Office, phone (309) 888-5130, for information on the following:
Tax billing address corrections for Real Estate
Who owns a particular property
Parcel/index/PIN number of a property
Senior Freeze or other Exemption
Sold Taxes (delinquent/back taxes) - County Clerk's Office
My taxes were sold. What does that mean?
not pay your taxes on time, so a registered tax buyer paid for them at the
annual tax sale. Call the County Clerk
for the redemption amount, which
includes a Clerk’s fee and interest owed to the tax buyer on top of the regular
tax amount. Additional fees and interest
may accrue, if your taxes go unpaid.
By state statute, any unpaid taxes plus interest and
penalties go to a tax sale (see dates on Treasurer's website). A registered tax buyer bids
their fee for paying those taxes. The
tax buyer’s fee is a bid of a percentage of the amount owing, applied every six
months. Bidding starts at 18% and goes
down from there, in some cases to 0%; the County Treasurer must accept the
The tax buyer pays the County Treasurer, and fees are added by
the Clerk’s office. Additional fees can
accrue until the property owner or a financial institution redeems them. Upon redemption, the Clerk’s office notifies
the tax buyer that they no longer have a vested interest in the property. However, if no redemption is made within the
time allowed (2-3 years, depending on the type of property and the tax buyer’s
decision), the tax buyer can petition the Circuit Court for the deed to the
The phrase, “your property has been sold for delinquent
taxes,” is required by state statute, but can be a bit misleading. During
the redemption period, you are still the owner of the property. Only your unpaid taxes were sold. It is only
after the redemption period expires that the property can change owners.
Redeem your sold taxes
at the County Clerk’s Office
Call (309) 888-5190 for a redemption
Bring cash or certified funds* (cashier’s check
or money order) in the exact amount
to the County Clerk’s office. Make
cashier’s checks or money orders out to “McLean County Clerk.” Cash payments: Expect a delay if you do not have exact
change. You will receive a certified
receipt of your paid taxes.
*Forms of payment: According to state law (35 ILCS 200/21-355) all redemptions must be made in legal money of the United States (cash), by cashier's check, certified check, Post Office money order, or money order issued by a financial institution insured by an Agency or instrumentality of the United States, made payable to the County Clerk. No personal, business, mortgage company or
title company checks are allowed.
Redeeming sold taxes
by mail: If you send a cashier’s
check or money order to the McLean County Clerk, please include the parcel (PIN)
number of the property and your name, mailing address and contact phone
number. We will return your receipt by
I don’t have enough
money to redeem the entire amount of my sold taxes.
statute does not allow us to receive partial payment or set up payment
plans. Payment must be made in full. You
may contact the tax buyer directly. They
are under no obligation, but you may ask if they are willing to work out a
payment plan. Call (309) 888-5190 or
click here for tax buyer contact information.
If I don’t redeem my
sold taxes, what happens?
The County Clerk’s office cannot
offer legal advice. If a tax buyer has
purchased your sold property taxes, that tax buyer has the option of buying
your current year’s taxes when and if the second installment becomes delinquent
in September. This is called “sub-taxing.”
Sub-taxing is where the tax buyer
has a chance within six months before the last date to redeem previously sold
taxes, to purchase the current year’s taxes before September, even on the day
the bills are mailed out in May.
Subsequent years’ taxes are added to the redemption total at 12% annual
If you redeem the previously sold taxes
before the next installment comes due, the tax buyer cannot sub-tax the current
Keep in mind that if the first
installment of your taxes has been sold, a tax buyer may buy your next installment
the day after the payment deadline, if you miss paying them on time. If the same buyer acquires multiple years of
your taxes, not only does the percentage of interest increase, but after 2 or 3
years, the tax buyer could petition for the deed to your property and court fees
would be added to your total. Ultimately,
you could lose your property.
Illinois Compiled Statutes relating to Property Tax: