Tax Claim Bureau

Due to Governor Wolf's Stay at Home order issued on March 23rd, 2020, to help slow the spread of coronavirus throughout the region, Chester County Government and Courts are currently operating on an essential services only basis and our office is currently closed for in-person business. Many of our staff are working from home to continue to process items that can be accessed remotely and to answer questions e-mailed to us. If you are not able to complete your business online or find answers to your questions, please send us an e-mail at or follow the link at the bottom of the page and someone will respond.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Please stay healthy, stay safe, and stay home to help slow the spread of coronavirus. We apologize for any inconvenience and will continue to work with any delinquent taxpayers upon resumption of normal services.
The Chester County Tax Claim Bureau is responsible for the collection of delinquent real estate taxes on behalf of the County, 73 municipalities and 14 school districts within Chester County. The Bureau operates under the Pennsylvania Real Estate Tax Sale Law Act 542 of 1947.
The Tax Claim Bureau provides statutorily mandated notices to owners and administers upset tax sales, judicial sales, repository of unsold properties and maintains bankruptcy status. The Bureau also provides tax certifications regarding paid and unpaid taxes upon request. 

All real estate taxes are considered delinquent if not paid by December 31st of the current year. Any unpaid taxes are returned to the Tax Claim Bureau during the month of January. Interest accrues at the rate of 3/4 of 1% per month or 9% per annum. The Tax Claim Bureau conducts several sales each year. The Upset Tax Sale is held in September, the Continued Upset Sale is held in December and more than one Judicial Sale may be held during the year. 

The County Of Chester Tax Claim Bureau makes no representations or warranties on any properties sold during tax sales. The Bureau also does not give legal advice concerning tax issues.