Tax Claim Office

Phil Gilbert - Tax Claim DirectorDept. Head: Phil Gilbert

Hours of Operation: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Location: 204 4th Avenue, Warren, PA 16365
Phone: (814) 728-3415

Delinquent Tax Payment Options (2017 and PRIOR)


An updated Repository List is now available for download (properties shaded in gray currently have bids submitted that are waiting for approval- Do not submit bids for these properties). Bids will be accepted until February 28th, at that time, the highest bidder will be submitted to the County, Township, and School for approval. Please be aware this process could take several months. If you wish to place a bid, please fill out the bid form (found below) and submit to the Tax Claim Bureau. We do not accept any money until the bid is approved by all three taxing districts. If your bid is approved, we will contact you for the bid amount, plus: Recording fee ($70.75), UPI fee ($10), Deed fee ($25), and Transfer Tax (2% of bid).  For example, if you place a minimum bid of $250, and is approved, the total due to the Tax Claim Bureau will be $360.75.

The Warren County Tax Claim Office accepts real estate tax liens for delinquent county, township / borough, and school districts within the county.

The Warren County Tax Claim Bureau participates in three kinds of sales on a yearly basis to consolidate the seated lands in the county for delinquent taxes. In September, the Bureau will conduct an Upset Sale; this is the first sale that a property must go through. At this sale, properties that are two years delinquent in taxes will be auctioned. As a bidder in this sale, you will be responsible for all past due taxes, liens, mortgages, etc. If the property remains unsold, it will go to the Judicial Sale the following year (generally June). For a Judicial Sale, bid price will start at costs only, property will be sold free and clear (as long as all parties are properly notified), minus ground rent. If the property remains unsold, it will be placed on our Repository List. The Bureau keeps an updated listing of the properties sitting in the repository, to bid on them, you must fill out a bid form. We will then present the highest bid to the three taxing districts for their approval. Property is sold free and clear of past due taxes and liens, minus ground rent.

For more information on the Tax Sales listed above, please see downloadable forms at the end of this page.

2018 Real Estate Taxes –   WERE MAILED AUGUST 1, 2018 by your local Tax Collector.

  • Discount Amount – Taxes must be paid between August 1 and September 30, 2018
  • Face Amount – Taxes must be paid between October 1 and November 30, 2018
  • Penalty Amount – December 1, 2018. Payment will be received by your tax collector through April 12, 2019.  2018 Real Estate taxes not received by April 12, 2019 will no longer be accepted by your Tax Collector, but will be turned over to the Warren County Tax Claim Bureau. Payment can be made with the Tax Claim Bureau at the Warren County Courthouse starting May 1, 2019.

The School District tax bill may be paid in installments:  NO DISCOUNT ALLOWED.

  • FIRST (1st) installment payment MUST be postmarked by September 15 to qualify for installment payment option.
  • SECOND (2nd) installment due: October 15
  • THIRD (3rd ) installment due: November 15

A 10% penalty is added for late payment of 2nd/3rd installments.

The Warren County Assessment Office determines the value of the property on which taxes must be paid.  Real Estate Tax bills for the Municipality and County are included on one bill.  The tax for the School District is billed separately.  Both bills are mailed out annually August 1 for the current year.  If you have a mortgage and your property taxes are escrowed, your tax bills should be mailed by you to your mortgage company for payment from your escrow fund.

If property has been sold and you receive tax bills in error, please forward bills to the new owner or return to your Tax Collector with any information you may have.


Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion

If you are an eligible property owner, you have received tax relief through a Homestead/Farmstead exclusion which has been provided under the Pennsylvania Taxpayer Relief Act, a law passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly designed to reduce your SCHOOL property taxes.  The tax reduction has been funded from slot money revenue from the state.


LOCAL TAX COLLECTION LAW: Act of May 25, 1945, P.L. 1050, No. 394, Section 7.

Effect of Failure to Receive Tax Notice

“Failure to receive tax notice shall not relieve any taxpayer from the payment of any taxes imposed by any taxing district, and such taxpayer shall be charged with his taxes as though he had received notice.”


Downloadable Forms:

Repository List with Map Location of Properties – February 8 2019
 1 file(s)  870 downloads
Tax Claim February 8, 2019 Download
Upset Tax Sale Sold List – September 24th 2018
 1 file(s)  362 downloads
Tax Claim September 24, 2018 Download
Repository Information & Bid Form
 1 file(s)  474 downloads
Tax Claim April 16, 2018 Download
Repository List Only -February 8 2019
 1 file(s)  1355 downloads
Tax Claim February 8, 2019 Download
Upset Tax Sale Information
 1 file(s)  565 downloads
Tax Claim June 12, 2017 Download
Judicial Tax Sale Information
 1 file(s)  630 downloads
Tax Claim May 26, 2017 Download

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