A tax certificate is an official document that certifies the current state of taxes. It includes the amount of delinquent taxes, penalties, interests and any known costs and expenses due if the taxes are delinquent.
Buyers and sellers use tax certificates to show that there are no taxes due, and property owners may be required to provide a tax certificate when applying for a permit. Anyone can request a tax certificate. The fee is $10 and certificates are ready in three to five business days.
Texas does not sell tax lien certificates to investors, but we do conduct tax foreclosure sales. Learn how you can bid on foreclosed properties.