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Don’t Overlook the Insolvency Exemption for 1099-C Cancelation of Debt Income

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It’s that time of year again, when people are receiving 1099-Cs for debts forgiven or canceled during 2013. Perhaps you were in a debt settlement program with successful results, and a lot of debt was forgiven. Or it may be that your creditor decided to formally cancel an old delinquent account to close out their records. You might have taken ... Read More »

4 Mistakes You May Be Making With Your Tax Refund When You Have Debt

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Paula Langguth Ryan, Mediator, Consumer Advocate and Communications Consultant Got debt? Thinking of using your tax refund check to play catch up or pay down a balance? Before you act, read this article. Most people who have debt make the wrong choices with their tax refunds. End result: you wind up even more stressed than before you got your ... Read More »

Why Paying for Credit Repair is Stupid

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Paula Langguth Ryan, Mediator, Consumer Advocate and Communications Consultant. Every week, people contact me wanting advice on how to get their FICO or credit score up over the 700 mark. Here’s the first question I ask them: Which would you rather increase by 38% in six months– your FICO score or your net worth? The problem is, raising your ... Read More »

Bankruptcy is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me

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During my first job interview after my bankruptcy, the interviewer asked me what I was “most proud of in my life.” Without hesitating, I stated “declaring bankruptcy!” His quizzical look invited me to explain. And I’ll share what I told him, in just a minute. First though, here’s a Pop Quiz for you: Was going bankrupt the worst thing or ... Read More »

How Colleges Can Screw Over Student Athlete Finances

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If you’ve ever been to college, you know how tough it can be to make ends meet. Need a nice shirt for a dinner with your advisor? Better shell out the $40.00 and resort to eating ramen noodles until you get paid or can ask your parents for some cash. And as a “regular” student, you might’ve harbored just a ... Read More »

Why Most Debt Settlement Companies and Credit Counselors are Bad Medicine

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A couple of years ago I wrote an article asking, pleading really, for any debt settlement company (DSC) to explain to me how they could ever possibly “do whatever is in the best interests of the consumer” when they are unable to give any legal advice in what are inherently legal matters. For example, as a matter of law they ... Read More »

How Apps and Smartphones Can Save You Money 

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Apart from its basic functions, mobile devices have opened new windows of possibility when it comes to managing our finances. These powerful tools when used smartly can save you money and get you out of debt. In this post, we are going to talk about money-saving apps and ways to cut down your mobile expenses  Finding the Right Smartphone Saves ... Read More »

All About Buy Here – Pay Here Vehicle Financing

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In-house financing car dealerships provide car loan options to customers and facilitate the purchase of a vehicle. There are a number of things you should watch out for and understand before signing loan agreements at a dealership. Advantages of In-House Financing The primary advantages of in-house financing with an auto dealership directly apply to people whom outside lenders may consider ... Read More »

Credit Card Fraud Protection in Australia, UK and the US

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In Australia, United States and United Kingdom, credit card use appears much the same. The names are familiar – Amex, MasterCard and Visa are the dominant players in all three markets. But the card issuers responsibilities to consumers aren’t quite equal. While U.K .and U.S. consumer protection schemes have convened into a general code for credit card users across the ... Read More »

Up Next: How to Increase Your Income

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This is a guest post from Philip Taylor, founder and editor-in-chief of PT Money: Personal Finance. Learning about and applying the rules for living a frugal lifestyle are common principles in the area of personal finance. Controlling your budget and spending less can certainly help you avoid the cycle of debt. And that’s a great thing! But there’s a point ... Read More »

Taxes May Be Due on Mortgage Settlement Checks. Slap!

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Double Whammy: Mortgage Settlement Payments Will Be Taxed (via Credit.com) If you are one of the more than 1.8 million people who have received a check from the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) settlement — or if you have one coming — don’t spend it all in one place. These payments are considered taxable income for state and federal income tax ... Read More »

The Big Profits Behind Student Loan Interest Rates

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The Big Profits Behind Student Loan Interest Rates (via Credit.com) If insanity is defined as repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different result, the student loan interest rate throwdown that’s about to be reprised in Washington, D.C., warrants an intervention. You may recall that at this time in 2012, Congress was in a lather over the subsidized student… ... Read More »

Are No-Cost Mortgages Always the Best Deal?

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Are No-Cost Mortgages Always the Best Deal? (via Credit.com) A program made popular in the height of the subprime lending environment was the no-cost mortgage. No-cost mortgages have gotten quite a bit of exposure lately, as consumers seek to better understand loan terms, interest rates and how to qualify for mortgages in an ever-tightening credit market. And…   Read More »

Ways to Build Credit Without Relying Solely on Credit Cards

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For those who prefer to pay with cash and avoid the credit card debt cycle altogether, building a solid credit history and high FICO score can be a challenge – but it doesn’t have to be. Only a small portion of your FICO score is based on having and using revolving credit. The first step is to understand what goes ... Read More »

WTF! There’s a Judgment on My Credit Report

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Help! I Found a Judgment on My Credit Report (via Credit.com) It’s scary enough to owe money you can’t pay back, but what may be even worse is finding out that you have already been sued for a debt, but didn’t even know it. Mark wrote on the Credit.com blog: I received a letter stating there was a judgment against ... Read More »

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