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Negotiate a Discount or Settlement on a Debt

By Edited Jul 25, 2016 0 0

Stop debt collection phone calls by reducing the amount owed

Debts can be discussed just like the price of a car. The creditors are at risk when they give money as a loan to someone fully aware that money may or may not come back. At times debtors have unexpected circumstances due to which they are not able to pay the loan amounts and are likely to declare bankruptcy. Before being declared as a bankrupt the debtor is likely to go for discussion to get a discount on the debt.

How to Negotiate a Discount on Debt?

A debt settlement procedure may decrease some amount of debt due to the creditors and it consists of the interest and the principle. Settlement money differs from person to person and between creditors. Some debt settlement agencies are available which help people and creditors in this process.

First collect all personal financial documents such as bills, monthly expenses and income sources.

Then create a personal budget.

Discover means or methods for reducing monthly expenses such as reduce restaurant meals, drink tap water and cut out cell phones.

Build up a plan and keep reasonable targets that are fair to the creditor and can be easily managed by the debtor.

After that make a phone a call to the creditor and tell him the conditions. Try to make an offer to settle the amount within X amount of time, only if the debt is going to be decreased to the amount stated in the agreement. Again they are most likely to make a call with a counter offer which may be rejected or accepted.

Keep track of all calls, whether it is outgoing or incoming. Never anticipate instant results. Get in touch with all creditors, negotiating a plan. Talking to the right office will take a lot of time.

Does Debt Reduction Affect Credit Scores?

Yes, debt reduction will affect credit scores. The original amount of loan is not paid fully and a letter is also sent to the credit bureaus. Finally credit scores will have a negative impact.

Are Settled Debts Taxable Income?

Settled and canceled debts above $600 are informed to the Internal Revenue Service. The amount could be taxable depending on the other incomes and assets on your personal income tax filing.

Get out of Debt

Negotiating a decline in debt will be a viable choice for many people. If economic condition of the debtor has improved then this information should be shared with the creditor at the time of first phone call. In order to make successful debt settlements the creditor should think that this is the last and final way of getting the money back.



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