Category: ‘Credit’

31 Million Americans Believe They Will Never Get out of Credit Card Debt

January 16, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Credit card debt is at an all time high and according to a recent study 31 million (or 35%) of Americans believe they will still owe credit card debt when they die. Americans’ with outstanding credit card debt jumped 13% to $1.02 trillion in November.  Another 33% of consumers with credit card debt do not know when they will be debt free.

Getting out of the debt cycle begins with creating a realistic budget and getting a grasp on your current financial situation.  There are specific ways you can deal with high interest credit card debt.   Once you examine your budget and identify areas you can cut back in spending you can successfully put a plan in place to tackle high interest credit card debt.

If you have any questions on this topic or are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade Garcia McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/budget-and-spending/2018/01/13/paying-off-credit-card-debt/1023310001/

How long does bankruptcy stay on my credit report?

January 15, 2018 Posted by kingcade

A common question you might have after filing for bankruptcy is how long will it remain on my credit report?  When you file for bankruptcy, it is considered “public record” and is maintained by the court where the case was filed.

Under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, bankruptcies can be reported for 10 years from the filing date.  The three major credit reporting agencies will remove Chapter 13 bankruptcies seven years from the date the case was filed.  This type of bankruptcy involves paying some or all of the debt back over time.

Chapter 7 is a more straightforward bankruptcy and eliminates almost all unsecured debts, including credit card debt and medical bills allowing consumers to gain a fresh start financially. Chapter 7 bankruptcy can remain on a consumer’s credit report for up to 10 years.

However, there are ways to speed up the removal process.  Removing a bankruptcy requires filing a separate dispute with each of the three major credit bureaus. This dispute can either be over inaccurate information in your credit report or an inquiry to the credit bureau about how your bankruptcy was verified.  This process is lengthy, but it can be worth it.

While you are waiting for your bankruptcy to be removed from your credit report, make an effort to rebuild and improve your credit.  It is a bankruptcy myth that you cannot rebuild your credit after filing for bankruptcy.  Make sure you have accurate and positive credit information moving forward.

If you have any questions on this topic or are in a financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

http://blog.credit.com/2013/04/when-can-i-get-a-bankruptcy-off-my-credit-report-65750/

Don’t Leave these Important Tax Deductions on the Table

January 11, 2018 Posted by kingcade

Tax time is almost here and with the new tax rules taking effect January 1, it is easy to get confused on what tax deductions you can and cannot include when filing your return. There are several tax breaks the tax reform eliminated for the 2018 tax year, but are still available to claim on your 2017 tax return.  Here are some of the most popular ones and the last year to take advantage of these tax benefits before they disappear.

Personal exemptions. One of the biggest tax breaks to disappear is the personal exemption. Starting in 2018, higher standard deductions, a larger child tax credit, and a new credit for non-child dependents will take the place of the personal exemption. However, for 2017 you can claim a $4,050 reduction in taxable income for every qualifying dependent. This generally includes yourself, your spouse, and children for whom you provide financial support.

State and local income tax deductions.  Some had initially hoped to prepay 2018 income taxes in 2017 to get further use of the deduction, but lawmakers specifically prohibited this.

Property tax deductions. This year will be the final tax year for which property taxes are deductible in full. Starting in 2018, property taxes will be subject to the same comprehensive $10,000 limit on all state and local taxes.

Mortgage interest deduction on home equity loans. The tax reform eliminated the deduction on home equity loan interest. Therefore, 2017 will be the last year that taxpayers can deduct interest on up to $100,000 in home equity debt as an itemized deduction.

Moving expenses. Tax reform took away the right to deduct your moving expenses. In 2018, to qualify, your new workplace must be at least 50 miles further away from your former home than your old workplace was, and you have to work full time at your new location for at least 39 weeks out of the 12 months following the move.

Miscellaneous deductions. These include unreimbursed employee expenses, tax-preparation fees, investment-related legal and accounting fees, and job-search costs.  These expenses are deductible only to the extent that they exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income.

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If you have any questions on this topic or are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade Garcia McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Lowest Point in a Decade

January 10, 2018 Posted by kingcade

The number of mortgage delinquencies dropped to their lowest level in more than a decade, according to CoreLogic.  In the month of September, 5% of mortgages remained in some stage of delinquency, 30 days or more past due including those in foreclosure. This is a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from last year’s overall delinquency rate of 5.2%.

“September’s early-stage delinquency rate increased by 0.3% from a year ago, the largest increase since June 2009,” CoreLogic Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said. “This does not reflect a deterioration in credit, but rather the impact of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.”

The foreclosure inventory rate, which measures the share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process, decreased from 0.8% in September 2016 to 0.6% in September 2017. This represents the lowest foreclosure rate since June 2007 when foreclosure inventory was also at 0.6%.

The serious delinquency rate, mortgages that are 90 days or more past due, decreased 0.4 percentage points from last year to 1.9% in September. This rate marks the lowest level for any month since October 2007’s 1.9%.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade Garcia McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Here’s How Much Debt the Average Consumer Racked Up Over the Holidays

January 9, 2018 Posted by kingcade

A recent survey conducted by MagnifyMoney found consumers who took on debt this holiday season will start the New Year with an average of $1,003 in credit card debt.  Last-minute gifts, entertaining costs, and fewer hours at work, can all add up to additional credit card debt.

What is troubling about this year’s findings is that the majority of consumers who went into debt did not plan on it. The vast majority (65.2%) of consumers who took on the debt did so unexpectedly and did not budget for the added expense.

Nearly half (46%) predict they will need four months or more to pay off their holiday debt, or will only make the minimum monthly payments.

Even a seemingly modest amount of debt can quickly balloon over time if not paid in full timely. A person carrying an average debt load of $1,003 who makes one $25 minimum payment per month would need 58 months (4.8 years) to pay off their debt. That calculation assumes an average annual percentage rate (APR) of 16%.

Here are some ways to beat the holiday debt cycle:

Understand where your money went.  Track exactly where your money went the last three months.  There are useful apps that can help you understand where your money has gone. LevelMoney splits your expenditure into fixed, recurring expenses and variable expenses.

Carefully review your credit report. You can download your report for free at AnnualCreditReport.com for all three bureaus.

Use the debt snowball method.  A recent study found that consumers are more likely to stick to paying off debt when paying off credit cards with the smallest balances, first.  This strategy provides consumers with small “wins” against debt and builds momentum to keep you motivated.

Make 2018 your year to be debt free! By taking the right approach and building good financial habits, you can successfully pay down debt in the New Year.  Here are some ways to keep to your New Year’s Debt Resolutions. If holiday expenditures have put you over the limit financially, it might be time to examine your finances in closer detail and meet with a financial advisor or bankruptcy attorney.   Here are some signs you should file for bankruptcy.

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If you have any questions on this topic or are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade Garcia McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:

http://www.kgw.com/money/magnify-money/many-holiday-shoppers-will-start-the-new-year-with-1003-worth-of-debt/382430335