Can debt collectors take money from your tax return?

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asked Sep 14, 2020 in Credit by Paddymcpaddy (1,990 points)
Can debt collectors take money from your tax return?

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answered Sep 14, 2020 by Niko (18,430 points)
Debt Collectors can take money from your tax return as long as the debt collector takes you to court and then wins a judgement against you.

Just like a debt collector can take money from your wages or paycheck through a wage garnishment the debt collector can also take your tax return.

A debt collector will usually only take you to court if the debt owed is over $500.00 but sometimes they may take you to court with less owed.

But the debt collector also has to pay court costs and other fees so they want to ensure that they will get the money owed.

Sometimes a debt is not worth going after and other times a debt collector will go after the debt no matter what the amount is owed.

If the debt is over 7 years old and the debt collector has not contacted you in that time then they cannot legally force you to pay the debt.
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answered Apr 16, 2023 by Ratpleased (2,980 points)
Debt consolidation is better than bankruptcy as there's not as much damage done to your credit with debt consolidation like there is with bankruptcy.

However debt consolidation only works if you qualify and debt consolidation can improve your credit score while bankruptcy can damage your credit score.

In most cases it's a good idea to get a debt consolidation plan, especially if you have several high interest loans.

However debt consolidation can also be a bad idea.

If you have a debt consolidation loan that is a secured loan, you could lose the asset this is secured against (typically your home or car) if you don't keep up the repayments on your loan.

It's better to consolidate debt instead of settling the debt as debt settlement is riskier by only paying part of the principal.

The debt consolidation is a safer and less riskier way of reducing your interest rate while also paying off your complete principal balance.

Debt consolidation stays on your record for at least 7 years.

A debt settlement will cause your credit score to drop—perhaps by more than 100 points—and the damage could last for a while.

You can get denied for debt consolidation when you don't have a high enough income to keep up with the payments of the debt consolidation loan or if you don't have a good enough credit score that meets the debt consolidation loan companies requirements

Another reason you can get denied for debt consolidation is if you don't meet or satisfy the basic requirements like being at least 18 years old or older and having a bank account.

Debt consolidation loans for bad credit are hard to come by.

Lenders like to see a credit score of at least 670 for a debt consolidation loan, but probably closer to 700 just to be safe.

The amount that debt consolidation costs varies depending on how much debt the debt consolidating company is settling for you..

Debt consolidation companies typically charge between 15% ti 25% of the debt they are settling

Most people enrolled in debt settlement ended up paying about 50% of what they initially owed on their debt, but they also paid fees that cut into their savings.

When you consolidate debt, the repayment timeline starts from day one and may extend as long as seven years.

To consolidate federal student loans, you first must fill out the Federal Direct Consolidation Loan Application and Promissory Note, which should take about 30 minutes to complete.

From there, as mentioned above, the process of consolidation generally will take anywhere from 30 to 45 business days.

You can use a personal loan to consolidate your debt.

A personal loan can be a great solution to consolidating debt.

Taking out a single personal loan to pay off existing debt or credit cards can simplify your finances and save you money in the long run by reducing your interest rates and fees.

The types of loans that can be used for debt consolidation are unsecured personal loans, secured personal loans and home equity loans.

You can also use other methods to consolidate debt, such as a balance transfer credit card or a home equity line of credit.

Debt consolidation can affect your tax liability.

Debt settlement will appear on your credit report as such and hurt your credit score.

Also, you may have to pay taxes on the difference between what you paid and what you owed.

Yes, the amount of debt you didn't pay is generally reported to the IRS as income.

When you do a debt settlement, the amount of your debt that's written off is generally reported to the IRS.

And it's generally considered taxable income.

If you do a debt settlement this year, you may end up owing the IRS money next year when you file your next years tax return.

Debt Consolidation can help with Tax Debt.

A Debt Consolidation plan can enable you to pay your tax debt back in fixed monthly installments, rather than all at once.

And depending on the size of your balance, you can stretch out the repayment period up to six years.

To qualify for an IRS Tax Forgiveness Program, you first have to owe the IRS at least $10,000.00 in back taxes.

Then you have to prove to the IRS that you don't have the means to pay back the money in a reasonable amount of time.

Back tax consolidation involves taking out a loan that covers all your outstanding back taxes, paying them off, and then repaying that loan in the form of a single monthly payment.

You can consolidate just about any back taxes with this process, including most tax back taxes owed to the IRS.

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