A mortgage foreclosure can be a very complicated matter for the lender, the borrower and any other parties that may be involved. In a simple mortgage foreclosure, the other parties involved will be the lender and the borrower. The lender is usually a bank or other financial institution. In some situations, there may be a tax lien on the property.
The tax lien may be from the IRS for money owed the government, a state tax lien for fines and fees owed or a county lien for delinquent property taxes. In situations like this, the question regarding the ability to extinguish a tax lien by foreclosure on a first mortgage has always risen.