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Was there any agreement for son to repay you for redeeming the property by paying the back taxes?
Ok, I hate to say it, but there is a 2 year right of redemption for a tax sale for the debtor. So if the back taxes are paid, by anyone, then he is able to reclaim ownership of the house.
Without any agreement with him, you can't force him to repay you that money..
So unfortunately, from a legal perspective, you would be considered to have made a gift to him, whether you intended to do so or not and since the house is still deeded in his name, he is still the owner.
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