Back Year Taxes
201 W. Front Street
Media, PA 19063
The tax Claim Bureau is authorized by State law to collect unpaid property taxes for the three taxing authorities:
County of Delaware
Municipality, (Township or Borough)
Current year tax collection ends on December 31st of any given year. On March 1st the bureau begins the process for collecting prior year taxes. Interest is added to the outstanding debt at a rate of 0.75% per month. A service fee of $64 is also added in. Additional fees are incurred from time to time to cover costs of delinquency notification and for documentation prior to the ultimate sale of the property. Properties are auctioned for sale annually in the fall in what is known as the Upset price sale.
Unsold properties from the Upset Price Sale are auctioned again in the spring, free and clear of liens, by permission of the Court in what is known as the Judicial Sale. Properties failing a successful sale here are held by the County on a Repository List. These properties can be purchased at any time, save the weeks immediately following the auction sales by visiting the Tax Claim Bureau.
Below are useful links to property sales:
Managed by the Tax Claim Bureau: for non-payment of taxes
Managed by the Sheriff's Office: for non-payment of mortgages (610) 891-4305
Payment of Delinquent Taxes
Delinquent taxes can be paid by mail or at the Tax Claim Bureau counter in the Government Center Building, ground floor. Office hours are 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Payment must be made by cash, certified check or money order.
If you call the office for a pay off, please have your 11-digit number ready before placing the call.
The suggested phone number to make contact with the Bureau for payment is (610) 891-4284, menu #2. Arrangements for an agreement can be requested directly by calling (610) 891-4284, menu #4.
Tax certifications are available for County, School District and Municipality from this office. The fee for this is $5.00 per year. Phone number is (610) 891-4284, Menu #3
Delinquent tax information can be obtained at Public Access.
YOUR CLAIM THAT TAXES WERE PAID
You must present adequate documentation to the taxing authority (Municipality, School District, County) if you claim that your property taxes were paid. Documentation usually requires photocopies of both sides of your check(s) or an original official receipted tax bill. Situations vary. Only a Municipality or School District via an exoneration letter to the Tax Claim Bureau can strike the tax lien on a property. County taxes are handled directly through the Tax Claim Bureau.