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92_SB1666 LRB9210095SMdvA 1 AN ACT in relation to taxes. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Property Tax Code is amended by changing 5 Section 21-310 as follows: 6 (35 ILCS 200/21-310) 7 Sec. 21-310. Sales in error. 8 (a) When, upon application of the county collector, the 9 owner of the certificate of purchase, or a municipality which 10 owns or has owned the property ordered sold, it appears to 11 the satisfaction of the court which ordered the property sold 12 that any of the following subsections are applicable, the 13 court shall declare the sale to be a sale in error: 14 (1) the property was not subject to taxation, or 15 all or any part of the lien of taxes sold has become null 16 and void pursuant to Section 21-95, 17 (2) the taxes or special assessments had been paid 18 prior to the sale of the property, 19 (3) there is a double assessment, 20 (4) the description is void for uncertainty, 21 (5) the assessor, chief county assessment officer, 22 board of review, board of appeals, or other county 23 official has made an error (other than an error of 24 judgment as to the value of any property), 25 (5.5) the owner of the homestead property had 26 tendered timely and full payment to the county collector 27 that the owner reasonably believed was due and owing on 28 the homestead property, and the county collector did not 29 apply the payment to the homestead property; provided 30 that this provision applies only to homeowners, not their 31 agents or third-party payors, -2- LRB9210095SMdvA 1 (6) prior to the tax sale a voluntary or 2 involuntary petition has been filed by or against the 3 legal or beneficial owner of the property requesting 4 relief under the provisions of 11 U.S.C. Chapter 7, 11, 5 12, or 13, or 6 (7) the property is owned by the State of Illinois, 7 a municipality, or a taxing district. 8 (b) When, upon application of the owner of the 9 certificate of purchase only, it appears to the satisfaction 10 of the court which ordered the property sold that any of the 11 following subsections are applicable, the court shall declare 12 the sale to be a sale in error: 13 (1) A voluntary or involuntary petition under the 14 provisions of 11 U.S.C. Chapter 7, 11, 12, or 13 has been 15 filed subsequent to the tax sale and prior to the 16 issuance of the tax deed. 17 (2) The improvements upon the property sold have 18 been substantially destroyed or rendered uninhabitable or 19 otherwise unfit for occupancy subsequent to the tax sale 20 and prior to the issuance of the tax deed. 21 (3) There is an interest held by the United States 22 in the property sold which could not be extinguished by 23 the tax deed. 24 (4) The real property contains a hazardous 25 substance, hazardous waste, or underground storage tank 26 that would require cleanup or other removal under any 27 federal, State, or local law, ordinance, or regulation, 28 only if the tax purchaser purchased the property without 29 actual knowledge of the hazardous substance, hazardous 30 waste, or underground storage tank. This paragraph (4) 31 applies only to tax purchases occurring after January 1, 32 1990 and if the owner of the certificate of purchase has 33 made application for a sale in error at any time before 34 the issuance of a tax deed. -3- LRB9210095SMdvA 1 (c) When the county collector discovers through his or 2 her own investigation, within one year after the date of sale 3 if taxes were sold at an annual tax sale and within 180 days 4 after the date of sale if taxes were sold at a scavenger tax 5 sale, that a tax sale should not have occurred for one or 6 more of the reasons set forth in this subsection (c), the 7 county collector shall notify, in writing, by regular mail, 8 the tax purchaser or subsequent holder of a certificate of 9 purchase registered with the county clerk that he or she 10 intends to declare an administrative sale in error. The tax 11 purchaser or subsequent holder of a certificate of purchase 12 may file written objections with supporting documentation 13 within 21 days after the date of the mailing by the county 14 collector. If an objection is filed, the county collector 15 shall not administratively declare a sale in error, but shall 16 apply to the circuit court for a sale in error as provided in 17 subsection (a). If a sale in error is granted by the circuit 18 court, the interest due on the funds to be refunded to the 19 tax purchaser or subsequent holder of a certificate of 20 purchase shall accrue up to the date of the filing of 21 objections by the tax purchaser or subsequent holder of a 22 certificate of purchase with the county collector. The county 23 collector must, in order to declare a sale in error, find 24 that: 25 (1) the property was the subject of federal 26 forfeiture at the time of the sale; 27 (2) the property was not subject to taxation, or 28 all or any part of the lien of taxes sold has become null 29 and void pursuant to Section 21-95; 30 (3) the taxes or special assessments had been paid 31 prior to the sale of the property; 32 (4) prior to the tax sale a voluntary or 33 involuntary petition was filed by or against the legal or 34 beneficial owner of the property requesting relief under -4- LRB9210095SMdvA 1 the provisions of 11 U.S.C. Chapter 7, 11, 12, or 13; or 2 (5) the property is owned by the State of Illinois, 3 a municipality, or a taxing district. 4 At any time after 30 days following the mailing of notice 5 to the tax purchaser or subsequent holder of a certificate of 6 purchase by the county collector, the county collector shall 7 make a written finding, based upon clear and convincing 8 evidence, that the taxes were sold in error and shall post 9 that finding in the warrant book. 10 (d) If a sale is declared to be a sale in error, the 11 county clerk shall make entry in the tax judgment, sale, 12 redemption and forfeiture record, that the property was 13 erroneously sold, and the county collector shall, on demand 14 of the owner of the certificate of purchase, refund the 15 amount paid, pay any interest and costs as may be ordered 16 under Sections 21-315 through 21-335, and cancel the 17 certificate so far as it relates to the property. The county 18 collector shall deduct from the accounts of the appropriate 19 taxing bodies their pro rata amounts paid. 20 (Source: P.A. 91-177, eff. 1-1-00; 91-357, eff. 7-29-99; 21 91-924, eff. 1-1-01; 92-224, eff. 1-1-02.) 22 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 23 becoming law.
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