National Tax Lien Association To Host New York Conference: Investing in America Through Tax Lien Sales

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Local Governments Use Tax Liens to Help Meet Budget Requirements for Funding Public Services; Conference to Address Industry Trends

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“The agenda is loaded with experienced tax lien fund managers, tax lien financing partners, rating agencies and more to help investors more fully understand the asset class."

Today, the National Tax Lien Association (NTLA) announced its Fall Symposium on tax lien investing to be held in New York City at the historic Cornell Club on October 18, 2012. Investing in America Through Tax Lien Sales will bring together public and private sectors to discuss and explore the process that helps hundreds of local governments monetize their delinquent property tax accounts. Registration information for the event can be found at http://www.theNTLA.com.

Tax lien sales are a critical component for many local governments when it comes to balancing budgets that may have fallen short due to delinquent or unpaid property taxes. The National Tax Lien Association (NTLA) will host their annual Fall Symposium, Investing in America Through Tax Lien Sales, on October 18 at the Historic Cornell Club in Midtown Manhattan, bringing together both the public and private sectors of the tax lien industry.

Tax liens enable local governments to fully fund public services such as law enforcement, fire protection, infrastructure repair and construction, libraries and more. Unfortunately, there are times when local government budgets fall short because of delinquent or unpaid property taxes. Tax lien sales enable local governments to fully fund their budgets while allowing property owners an opportunity to catch up on their tax payments. Tax liens as an investment tool transitioned from a local investor hobby to an institutional investment industry in 1997.

The annual Fall Symposium has historically been well attended by all those involved in the tax lien process: government officials, equity investors, banks and other lenders, attorneys, investment bankers, accounting firms, and rating agencies. The purpose of the event is to provide updates and insights into the latest trends and happenings in the industry.

“This is a great opportunity to bring the public and private sectors together to discuss tax lien investing and management,” said Brad Westover, Executive Director of the NTLA. “The agenda is loaded with experienced tax lien fund managers, tax lien financing partners, rating agencies and more to help investors more fully understand the asset class,” he added.

“The sharing of ideas between all of the participants enhances their knowledge and the services that they provide,” said Doug Gale, President of the NTLA. “The tax collectors learn new ideas on cost effective ways to enhance collections and protect their constituents from foreclosures, while those on the investing side learn how to better serve the tax collectors and better finance and manage their portfolios. It truly is a win-win event.”

The day-long symposium will bring together prominent public sector advocates and private sector representatives to discuss the benefits of transferring tax liens to the private sector and what is necessary to be successful in acquiring and managing this asset class. The conference will also provide an opportunity to discuss and network with industry participants who provide all the services necessary to monetize delinquent property tax accounts. The conference, which will be divided into four workshops, will address numerous topics, including the benefits of tax liens from a public sector perspective; how to perform quality due diligence from a laptop; how to obtain equity, debt, and how to acquire and service tax liens among others. The full agenda can be found here, or by visiting http://www.theNTLA.com.

Prominent speakers will include Mayor Jon Picard of West Haven, Connecticut and Miami-Dade Tax Collector Fernando Casamayor, as well as Pima County Arizona Treasurer Beth Ford. Franklin County Ohio Treasurer Edward Leonard will open the conference.

The conference is open for registration. Attendees are encouraged to register by October 12th; space is limited and the event is expected to sell out. A dedicated registration page is available on the Association website: http://www.TheNTLA.com.

About the National Tax Lien Association

The National Tax Lien Association is a non-profit 501(c) 6 corporation. The mission of the National Tax Lien Association (NTLA) is to be the primary organization advancing the educational, regulatory, business, public relations and legislative interests of the tax lien industry in the United States. The association is committed to upholding high standards of ethical conduct and operating in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and administrative rules. Established in 1997, the NTLA is the only national organization representing all segments of the tax lien industry.

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