STEP 1
Bidder's Paddle

Note: You must allow popups for our site to view the bidder's paddle and place bids.

By clicking on a photo or lot link, the Bidder's Paddle will appear in a popup window. 

The top right portion of the Bidder's Paddle is where the bidding takes place for each auction lot. The following steps will focus on this area.

STEP 2
Register to Bid/Login

Bidder registration is required for each auction before bidding. To register for an auction, click on this "Please Log In/ Register To Bid" button. Once you have registered for an auction, you can use this same button to log into the IRS website in the future.

Once you have logged into the IRS website, you can quickly register for any subsequent auctions by simply clicking on this "Register To Bid" button and agreeing to the Terms.

STEP 3
The IRS Bidding System

After you have logged in the IRS website and registered for an auction, click on this "Your Turn To Bid" button to execute your bid.

After executing your bid, if you are the current high bidder and the reserve is not met (if any), the "Your Turn To Bid" button will automatically change to this button. Until a reserve is met, you may increase your own bid by clicking on this same button.

If you are the high bidder and your bid reaches or exceeds a reserve, this "You're the current high bidder" button will be displayed.

If another bidder's bid exceeds your bid, the "You're the current high bidder" button will change back to the "Your Turn To Bid" button.

There are three ways to bid:

  • NEXT INCREMENTAL BID

Simply click the "Your Turn To Bid" button to bid the next allowable bid displayed in this "Place Your Bid Here:" field. Bidding the "next allowable bid" will not require your confirmation.

  • JUMP BID

You may also use this same "Your Turn To Bid" button. This field is not for placing maximum or proxy bids.

For example, let's say the next allowable bid is $3,125, but you would like to bid $5,125 to psych out other bidders. By typing in $5125 in the same "Place Your Bid Here" field and clicking the "Your Turn To Bid" button, your bid will be automatically advanced to $5125, instead of the $3125.

Note: Placing a bid higher than the next allowable bid will require your confirmation before your bid is executed. You will see this prompt:

Please allow yourself additional time to read this confirmation and click the "Confirm Bid" button. The auction clock will not stop and wait for you to do so. Waiting to place a Jump Bid in the last (30) seconds is not recommended.

  • MAXIMUM BID

You may use the "Maximum Bid" field to place your maximum bid (also known as a proxy bid) and have our system bid incrementally for you against other bidders (if any) up to your maximum bid.

Note: All maximum bids will require your confirmation before your bid is executed. You will see this prompt:

Please allow yourself additional time to read this confirmation and click the "Confirm Maximum Bid" button. The auction clock will not stop and wait for you to do so. Waiting to place a Maximum Bid in the last (30) seconds is not recommended.

STEP 4
Keep Track of Your Bids

After you have searched the website and placed your bids and/or maximum bids, it is then recommended that you use your personal "My Bid Tracker" link for future bidding and to track your bid status. Your Bid Tracker will report your bid status on all online auctions on the IRS web site.

When it is your turn to bid, just click on this green button to enter the bidding area for that lot. Clicking buttons on the above "My Bid Tracker" screen will only make the Bidder's Paddle for that lot pop up. Your bid will not be executed until you click the "Your Turn To Bid" button in the pop up Bidder's Paddle.

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