Can a tax buyer register multiple entities which can each bid at the tax sale?

There is a “Related Bidding Entry” rule that limits to 3; those bidding entities from simultaneously participating in the sale. The reason for this is so that the same entity does not have more than three bidders at the same time, thus increasing the likelihood of its obtaining a parcel in the auction. Essentially, a related bidding entity is a tax buyer who has an ownership interest or contractual relationship with any other registrant at the tax sale. Participants can only submit one registration, per FEIN Number. The determination of whether registered entities are related, must be self-disclosed on the registration form. Enforcement is at the discretion of the Rock Island County Treasurer.

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1. When does the annual tax sale take place?
2. Why does Rock Island County have an annual tax sale?
3. How is the Annual Tax Sale initiated?
4. Who runs the tax sale?
5. What is a tax buyer?
6. How long may a property owner wait to pay to avoid sale?
7. Do delinquent taxpayers have to pay costs of the certified delinquent notice or of publication?
8. After the list has been published, where can it be viewed?
9. How does bidding work?
10. Where and when can tax buyers register?
11. What are the registration requirements?
12. Can a tax buyer register multiple entities which can each bid at the tax sale?
13. Are there people who are prohibited from bidding in the tax sale?
14. Does the tax buyer have to buy subsequent delinquent taxes, that is taxes which become delinquent after the sale?
15. What does the tax buyer who wins a bid on taxes have to pay?
16. What additional costs are associated with an annual sale purchase?
17. What happens when delinquent taxes on a parcel are offered and not sold?