Finding Help with Debt problems

By: Marjorie Salada

As more people struggle with their finances, finding help with debt problems has become more readily available. Sometimes we go through things in our lives that cause our finances to get out of control. But we do live in a time when we do have debt relief options that will help a person find debt freedom in a reasonable amount of time.

Debt settlement is one of the options available for helping you get out of debt. This solution is best suited for individuals that have a large amount of debt with limited resources for repayment or for debts that have been charged off (debts that have not had payments made in 6-9 months).

Debt settlement is a debt solution where your balances are reduced through negotiation with your lenders. For someone who has a lot of debt, this can save a lot of money. Most debt negotiation programs will have their applicant's debt free in less than 3 years. This is a much more desirable situation than paying hundreds of dollars of interest over several years.

You must understand that debt negotiation will not be friendly to your credit, but if you have not made a payment in over six months, your credit report has already been negatively affected. The best thing you can do is get out of debt as quickly as possible and then you can begin the process of repairing your credit.

Another thing you must be aware of is that you will be taxed by the federal government on any amount over $600 that is eliminated from each single account balance. The IRS looks on the amount that you do not have to pay as income and they want their share, but here again, you are still saving money by settling your debts.

It is important when you are settling your debts that you get all agreements in writing. When the negotiated amount of the debt has been paid, you will want to get a release of debt from whoever is holding the debt. This is the only proof that you have that states you have satisfied the conditions of the agreement.

Debt settlement negotiation is an option that works best for someone that is considering bankruptcy or has very old debt. There are better debt relief solutions for individuals who have been making their payments or have only recently fallen behind on payments.

The important thing is that you get debt help if you need it, delaying the inevitable only makes thing worse.

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