• (a)

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 67-5-2501

      • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
      • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
      • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
      • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • Tax entity: includes counties, cities, metropolitan governments, municipal corporations, quasi-municipal corporations, and political subdivisions having authority to levy a property tax. See Tennessee Code 67-5-105

      (1) The court shall order a sale of the land for cash, certified funds, cashier’s check, money order, or automated clearing house transfer, as applicable. All sales are subject to the equity of redemption. Such sale may be conducted electronically in lieu of public outcry.

    • (2) At all sales, the clerk of the court, acting for a tax entity or entities prosecuting the suit, shall bid the debt ascertained to be due for taxes, interest, penalties, and the costs and fees incident to the collection thereof, where no other bidder offers the same or larger bid; provided, that, when the legislative body of a tax entity determines that the environmental risks or financial liabilities associated with the property are such that it is not in the best interests of the tax entity for a minimum bid to be offered at the tax sale, the clerk shall not offer a bid on the property at the tax sale.

    • (3) Up to ten percent (10%) of the sale proceeds shall be applied first to payment of any unpaid balance of compensation due the prosecuting attorney. Second, the proceeds of the sale shall be applied to the costs of the suits. Third, the remainder shall be applied to the state first, county second, and municipality third, the amount due each to be ascertained by a decree of the court.

    • (4) This subsection (a) does not apply to counties with a metropolitan form of government or to counties having the following populations according to the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census:

      • not less thannor more than 3,7655,200 6,6006,700 8,1008,200 12,30012,350 12,40012,550 14,70014,800 36,90037,100 56,20056,300
  • (b)

    • (1) The court shall order a sale of the land for cash, certified funds, cashier’s check, money order, or automated clearing house transfer, as applicable. All sales are subject to the equity of redemption. Such sale may be conducted electronically in lieu of public outcry.

    • (2) At all sales, the clerk of the court, acting for a tax entity or entities prosecuting the suit, shall bid the debt ascertained to be due for taxes, interest, penalties, and the costs and fees incident to the collection thereof, where no other bidder offers the same or larger bid; provided, that, when the legislative body of a tax entity determines that the environmental risks are such that it is not in the best interests of the tax entity for a minimum bid to be offered at the tax sale, the clerk shall not offer a bid on the property at the tax sale.

    • (3) The proceeds from such sale shall be applied first to the payment of the ten percent (10%) penalty allowed as compensation for prosecuting the suits, second to the costs, and third the remainder shall be applied to the state first, county second, and the municipality third, the amount due each to be ascertained by a decree of the court.

    • (4) This subsection (b) applies only to counties with a metropolitan form of government and to counties having the following populations according to the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census:

      • not less thannor more than 3,7655,200 6,6006,700 8,1008,200 12,30012,350 12,40012,550 14,70014,800 36,90037,100 56,20056,300
  • (c)

    • (1) Within five (5) business days after the conclusion of the sale, and prior to confirmation of the sale by the court, the clerk of the court shall immediately file in the case a report of sale or other notice reflecting the results of the tax sale.

    • (2) The clerk of the court shall, concurrently with the filing, file the report or notice with the office of the register of deeds of the county in which the property is located. The report or notice shall set forth all results from the sale, or a separate report or notice may be created for each property sold.

    • (3) The report or notice shall include, at a minimum, the identification of the property and defendants contained in the notice of sale as required by § 67-5-2502, the name of the successful bidder, and the total successful price bid for each parcel together with the instrument number of the last conveyance of record.

    • (4) The report or notice shall be for notice purposes only and shall not be evidence of transfer of title.

    • (5) Failure to timely record the report or notice shall not provide grounds to set the sale aside.

    • (6) The document shall be exempt from recording fees pursuant to § 8-21-1001, and shall be indexed by the register under the name of the last owner of record.