Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that states seizing and selling property to collect unpaid taxes were in violation of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment if they kept more than what taxpayers owed. In Tyler v. Hennepin County, a 94-year-old woman in Minnesota had stopped paying property taxes on her condominium after moving into an assisted living facility. By the time Hennepin County seized the property, the woman, Geraldine Tyler, owed about $2,000 in taxes and another $13,000 in penalties and interest.
Baltimoreans who lost homes to tax sales must get what’s owed them
June 21, 2023