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Tax Sale Information

The Chancery Court Clerk & Master’s Office is responsible for conducting public auctions for delinquent real estate property taxes in Shelby County for both City of Memphis and Shelby County and the municipalities within Shelby County.  Effective January 19, 2016, the Chancery Court Clerk and Master’s Tax Sales will be held online by Civic Source.  To participate in online tax sales, registration is accomplished online through CivicSource.com. 

  • Order Confirming Sale – the tax sale is not complete until a Chancellor signs an order confirming the sale.  T.C.A. §67-5-2419.
  • Issuance of Deed – After confirmation of the sale by the Chancery Court, the purchaser may obtain a Clerk & Master’s Tax Sale Deed by requesting the Deed from the Clerk and Master’s Office at 140 Adams, Room 308, Memphis, TN 38103, (901) 222-3900.  The fee is $20.00.  Following preparation, the purchaser should record the deed at the Shelby County Register’s Office.
  • Dispositions of Properties Sold to Shelby County – Unless directed by a resolution of the Shelby County Commission, all properties not specifically withdrawn for cause, will be sold.  Properties not sold to individual purchasers will be sold to Shelby County.  Such properties may later be sold by the Shelby County Land Bank after the redemption period has expired.  For a list of properties available from the Shelby County Land Bank, please visit the Land Banks website.
  • Requests for Public Records on Excess Proceeds - Review the FAQ and complete the records request form for prior tax sale information.

Any additional questions about Chancery Court Clerk & Master’s tax sales may be answered by the Clerk & Master’s Bookkeeping Department at 901-222-3900.


Last Tax Sale Report:

TX-2015-2 Tax Sale Report


Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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