1. How can I find out when there is an auction?

  2. Can I view the property before the sale?

  3. Can I mail in a bid?

  4. Do I have to pay sales tax?

  5. Do I get a receipt for the property purchased at the auction?

  6. What are guaranteed funds?

  7. How do I know if there is debt owed on the property (loan, mortgage, lien, etc.)?

  8. What law gives the Department of Revenue authority to auction property?


  1. How can I find out when there is an auction?

    We will post upcoming auctions on our website, and you can sign up for email alerts to receive auction notifications. We use the same email list for announcing any cancellations. Auctions are subject to cancellation without notice, but we make every effort to keep our sale postings current.

  2. Can I view the property before the sale?

    We attempt to post photos of the property on our website whenever possible. In addition, most auctions allow you to view the property up to one hour prior to the sale. See the specific Notice of Sale PDF for more information.

  3. Can I mail in a bid?

    Some auctions will allow mail-in bids. See the specific Notice of Sale PDF we have posted on our website to see if mail-in bids will be accepted.

  4. Do I have to pay sales tax?

    Depending on what type of property is being sold at the auction, we may need to collect sales tax on the item. See the specific Notice of Sale PDF for more details. If you purchase a vehicle, you will be responsible for paying sales tax when you register it. The buyer will receive instructions on how to register the vehicle when the auction is finished.

  5. Do I get a receipt for the property purchased at the auction?

    Yes, the winning bidder at auction will receive a receipt. If you purchase a vehicle, you will also receive a bill of sale. The buyer will receive instruction on how to register the vehicle and pay sales tax on it when the auction is finished.

  6. What are guaranteed funds?

    Cash, Cashier's Check or Money Order. Some auctions require you make your payment in guaranteed funds. See the specific Notice of Sale PDF for more information.

  7. How do I know if there is debt owed on the property (loan, mortgage, lien, etc).

    If we are aware of any debt owed on the property, we will disclose that information at the auction prior to potential buyers making any bids.

  8. What law gives the Department of Revenue authority to auction property?

    Under state law, the Department of Revenue has the authority to seize and sell property for nonpayment of Wisconsin taxes under sections 71.91(1)(a), 71.91(5)(ar) and (b), and 71.91(6)(f)6., Wis. Stats.

    The Department works with taxpayers to help them voluntarily pay their taxes to the State. If a business or individual is delinquent and fails to pay over a period of time, their property can be relinquished to the agency to satisfy the debt. This property is then sold at a public auction.