Serving the People of Hardee County Since 1921
Tax Deed Sales

RULES FOR TAX DEED SALES:(Per Florida Statute 197.542)

Bidding starts at the amount needed to pay the outstanding taxes, interest, thereon, and all costs related to said sale. If there are no higher bids, the land shall be struck off and sold to the certificate holder, who shall forthwith pay to the Clerk the documentary stamp tax and recording fees due, and a tax deed shall thereupon be issued and recorded by the Clerk.

The high bidder shall post with the Clerk a NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF 5 PERCENT OF THE BID OR $200.00, WHICHEVER IS GREATER at the time of the sale, to be applied to the sale price at the time of full payment.

The Clerk shall refuse to recognize the bid of any person who has previously bid and refused, for any reason, to honor such bid.

If full payment of the final bid and of documentary stamp tax and recording fees is not made within 24 hours, excluding weekends and legal holidays, the Clerk shall cancel all bids, re-advertise the sale as provided in this section, and pay all costs of the sale from the deposit. Any remaining funds must be applied toward the opening bid.

Payment must be made in the form of a cashier's check, certified check, money order, or cash.


If these requirements are not met, the Clerk will re-advertise the sale to be held within 30 days after the date the sale was canceled. Only one advertisement is necessary. The amount of the opening bid shall be increased by the cost of advertising, additional clerk's fees as provided for in F.S. 28.24 (21), and interest as provided for in subsection (1). This process must be repeated until the property is sold and the Clerk receives full payment or the Clerk does not receive any bids other than the bid of the certificate holder. The Clerk must receive full payment before the issuance of the tax deed.

The purchasing of a tax deed does not warrant or guarantee a clear and marketable title. Neither the Clerk of Circuit Court nor the Tax Collector warrants or guarantees a clear and marketable title.

Tax Deed sales are held on Wednesdays at 11:00 am. at 417 West Main St. Second Floor Hallway outside of Room 202, Wauchula, Fl. 33873.

Tax Deed Surplus Funds Lists:

The Clerk of Court's tax deed surplus funds list can be purchased for $7.00 each.

Payment must be made in the form of a money order, a cashier's check, a company check, a credit card or a debit card. A 3.5% processing fee that is charged by is applied to the credit or debit card. Once payment has been received, the overbid list(s) is sent by regular mail or email in .pdf or .tiff format.

You can find further information concerning Tax Deed Sales in Chapter 197 of the Florida Statutes.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Tax Deed Division at (863) 773-4174 ext 225
or email:

Our office hours are 8:30 am to 12 Noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Excluding Holiday's.
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