You don't state why you can't sell the property, so I won't address that. If back taxes are owed, the county will either issue a tax certificate to anyone who is willing to buy it, after proper notice to the current owner(s) (you), or foreclose their lien on the property to pay off the taxes. Either way, you will lose the property if you don't contest. In both cases, the back taxes are paid by the holder of the tax certificate or the purchaser of the tax deed at a tax deed forclosure - not you. If you WANT to redeem the property you can do so buy paying off the lien or paying the certificate holder (plus interest).
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When did you get this property? Why can't you sell it? Are you referring to real estate taxes? Who owned the property when these taxes became due?
Generally the property does not get the property. If real estate taxes are owed, tax certificates are sold to investors who are then able to foreclose on the property. This link may be of help: http://www.octaxcol.com/tax-certificate-sales.aspx
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You may sell it and pay the taxes. If taxes exceed value walk away and do nothing.
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