Can you pay back taxes to claim property?
Herein, can you buy property by paying back taxes?
When you buy a tax lien certificate, you're buying the right to receive a debt payment, not the deed to the house. The homeowner is still the legal owner of the home. If he does not pay the tax debt, then you can foreclose. But you cannot buy a tax lien, turn around and foreclose on the property the next day.
Secondly, what happens if you pay someone else's property taxes?
No law prohibits someone from paying the property taxes due on another person's property, after all. But just because you pay back taxes on someone else's property doesn't mean you'll gain any sort of legal interest or ownership right to that property.
People who don't pay the tax now risk facing financial penalties, which could range from an 8% interest on their local property tax, to a surcharge in their income tax.