Debt Negotiation with Your Tax Rebate
With the recent financial stimulus packages and tax laws, more people than ever are receiving bigger tax returns from Washington for the money they have paid in federal taxes throughout the year. If you have a large return and use this money wisely, you might even be able to use it to pay down a large amount of your debt. Read on to find out more about how to negotiate credit card debt.
If you have a debt that is in delinquency, your tax rebate is a huge windfall for you and gives you a ton of leverage in negotiations with credit card companies. Because credit card debt is unsecured, the companies really have no way of forcing you to pay up, other than putting a black spot on your credit report.
Because of this, if you can offer a lump-sum guaranteed payment on your debt, companies will more than likely be willing to forgive a large portion of, if not all your debt for a fraction of the price. With a lump sum payment, the credit card company gets at least a fraction of the debts that it gave you back and also can start lending that money again sooner.
This is where you tax return comes in. This year, instead of spending your tax return on new clothes, a vacation, or some other luxury, spend it to get rid of some of the debt that is hanging over your head. It will be the first step to repairing your credit history and placing you back in good financial standing.
If you have bad credit, paying off your credit card debt is the first step in a long process of repairing your credit score. Make sure you know what to do and how to fix bad credit before you make any big moves.