What Are Consumer Credit Counseling Services?


by Jill Bridges on March 26, 2019  0 Comment

What Are Consumer Credit Counseling Services?
You can find consumer credit counseling services from independent agencies certified by the National Foundation for Consumer Credit. Credit counselors can help you with budget planning or a debt management plan to help you pay off your debt. Initial consultations with counselors are often free and can be done by phone, online, or in person. Dealing with debt on your own can be very difficult, especially if you owe a large amount of money. Although there are many ways that you can get out of debt, seeking Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS) from an accredited agency is one of your best solutions. CCCS can help you get your finances in order so that you can pay off your current debt ...

Government Debt Relief Programs


by Andrea Miller on February 05, 2019  0 Comment

Government Debt Relief Programs
Although government debt relief programs are rare, you may have some federally-sponsored options if you're struggling with a mortgage or student loan debt. The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) This mortgage relief program was established by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to provide refinancing options for homeowners who have little or no equity in their homes. This program may allow you to access a lower monthly payment or interest rate. You can also shorten the term of your loan to decrease the total interest amount you will pay.  To qualify for HARP, you must: Be current on your monthly mortgage payments Have a mortgage loan that is backed or owned by either Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae Have a ...

Should You Pay Off Credit Card Debt with a 401(k) Loan


by Jill Bridges on February 05, 2019  0 Comment

Should You Pay Off Credit Card Debt with a 401(k) Loan
If you're struggling to pay off credit card debt, then you're likely looking for any solution possible to get rid of this debt for good. Out of all the different options you could choose to help you pay off your debt, taking out a loan against your retirement plan is a solution that you should be cautious about choosing. While taking out such a loan can certainly help you get rid of your debt, it can also put your future in jeopardy if you're not careful. Here are some of the pros and cons of taking out a 401(k) loan to pay off credit card debt that you should consider before you choose this debt relief option. Do You Have ...

Florida’s Statute of Limitations for Credit Card Debt


by Jill Bridges on February 05, 2019  0 Comment

Florida’s Statute of Limitations for Credit Card Debt
If you live in Florida and are dealing with credit card debt, one of the most important things to understand is exactly how long your creditors have to sue you for your debt. In Florida, as in most states, there's a statute of limitations (SOL) that applies to credit card debt. Once this time period has expired, creditors have a limited number of options to collect your debt, which is why this issue is so important. Here is some key information about the statute of limitations credit card debt in Florida that everyone who is living with debt should understand. Why is there a Statute of Limitations? Before we discuss how long Florida creditors have to pursue you for credit ...

Statute of Limitations on Credit Card Debt


by Andrea Miller on February 05, 2019  0 Comment

Statute of Limitations on Credit Card Debt
Although it may seem like credit card debt will follow you forever, the truth is that credit card companies can only attempt to collect this debt for a limited time. If your finances are affected by high-interest credit cards and bills you are unable to pay, here's what you need to know about the statute of limitations on credit card debt. State-by-State Statutes The amount of time for which a debt is collectible is determined by state law and thus varies by state as follows: Three years: Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC Four years: California, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Texas Five years: Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, ...

Credit Card Debt Relief Programs


by Andrea Miller on January 29, 2019  0 Comment

Credit Card Debt Relief Programs
Plenty of TV ads and internet pop-ups tout the benefits of debt relief programs that can wipe out your credit card debt for good. While credit card debt relief programs do exist, qualifying can be difficult. If you can move forward with this type of plan, your credit score can be irrevocably damaged, making it difficult to obtain a mortgage or loan in the future. Here's what you need to know about credit card debt relief programs and steps you should take if you're struggling to pay off your debt. How Does Debt Forgiveness Work? If you have a high credit card balance and you're behind on your payments, the credit card company will sell your debt to a collection ...

How Much Credit Card Debt Is Too Much?


by Andrea Miller on January 29, 2019  0 Comment

How Much Credit Card Debt Is Too Much?
You've been feeling overwhelmed by your credit card bills recently. If you are having trouble paying even the minimum balance, you probably have too much debt. How much credit card debt is excessive? Although the answer depends on your financial situation, certain factors can indicate whether you're in danger of having a debt you're unable to repay. September 2017 data from the Federal Reserve indicates that more than 77% of American families are in debt. While credit can be a lifesaver in emergencies and a smart financial tool when used effectively, it's easy to get in over your head. Signs You Have Excessive Credit Card Debt If you have trouble thinking about your debt because you feel anxious or nervous, ...

Credit Cards and Tax Forms: Understanding Deductions and Taxation


by Shannon McKee on November 28, 2018  0 Comment

Credit Cards and Tax Forms: Understanding Deductions and Taxation
When you think about your credit cards, you probably don't think about taxes. However, there can be some tax implications when it comes to your credit cards. For some of us, the way that we use our credit cards could add to the amount that we're able to deduct from your tax return. For others, credit cards may increase your yearly income and cause a tax debt. You may not realize this fact until you receive a tax form for your credit card in the mail. Interest and Deductions There are some interest deductions that you're able to take off of your taxes. Interest on your mortgage, student loans, and similar debts may be written off depending on if it's ...

How Does a Credit Card Write Off Impact Your Taxes?


by Andrea Miller on November 28, 2018  0 Comment

How Does a Credit Card Write Off Impact Your Taxes?
If a credit card company charges off your debt, it gives up on receiving repayment and chalks up the amount as a loss. However, this doesn't mean you're no longer responsible for the debt in question. Not only can collection agencies sue you for repayment, but you will also see a decreased credit score and may even face tax consequences. Here's what you need to know about how credit bureaus and the IRS treat a credit card write-off. When Is Credit Card Debt Written Off? Typically, a so-called charge-off occurs after you've failed to make a credit card payment for at least 180 days. When Does a Write-Off Have Tax Consequences? Sometimes, the credit card company will cancel the charged-off ...

How to Help If Your Parents Are in Debt


by Anna Kuehl on December 20, 2017  0 Comment

How to Help If Your Parents Are in Debt
When you have parents in debt, offering help or advice can be a sensitive subject. It's natural to want to support the parents who helped you get where you are today. However, offering financial assistance goes way beyond simply paying off your parents' back tax debt, credit card debt, or other major obligations. Discover what to do if your parents are in financial trouble. Learn how to help your parents get out of debt without using your own money. Image via Flickr by frankieleon Give Time Instead of Money Upon realizing that your parents are facing insurmountable debt, your first instinct may be to give them as much money as you can afford to offer. After all, loaning to your ...

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