tvc184 Posted May 26 Report Share Posted May 26 In yet another unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a 94 year old woman. The woman owned or had equity in a condo/apartment and was behind on taxes. The county in Minnesota eventually seized the property and sold it at auction. That was not the issue though. In most states (likely all), property can be seized for taxes. Then after property is seized and sold, the government gets to keep the taxes owed but the rest (after liens are paid) is supposed to be returned to the owner. For example: A person has a $200,000 home. He is behind $10,000 in taxes and legal fees. The guy still owed $50,000 on the mortgage. So the government seized the property and sells it at auction for $175,000. They keep $10,000 for the taxes and fees owed and $50,000 will go to pay off the mortgage. That still leaves $115,000 after everyone has been paid off. That is supposed to be given to the owner. Apparently in some states (such as this MN case, instead of returning the ballance to the rightful owner, the county (or state) gets to keep it. It is like civil asset forfeiture on steroids. The county got back what they were owed in taxes and fees however they kept the rest of it. You might think, surely that can’t be legal… but it was… until today. Tyler v. Hennepin County, MN This is the hidden content, please Sign In or Sign Up Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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