Forgiveness of Student Loans: The Good News in the 2018 Tax Law: After January 1, 2018 borrowers whose student loans are forgiven due to “total and permanent disability” no longer have to pay federal income taxes on those forgiven loans.
Consumers have protections from their creditors, but consumers also have liability to their creditors. Knowing your rights and obligations is the best way to make informed decisions.
There is a fairy tale that a good credit score will get you a better life. We know that most fairy tales are fables designed to teach children a healthy respect for rules and society’s expectation. Some fairy tales were written to scare children to stay away from “bad places”, while others teach children to […]
I make over $150K annually and I need to file bankruptcy Query from a new doctor: I am a newly graduated medical professional and single mom. In the past six months I have earned more than 80K. I think this disqualifies me from Chapter 7. Even though I make six figures, I have A TON […]
The Only 3 Times Filing Bankruptcy Is Worth It By Cathy Moran (Summary from Ms. Moran’s blog, link below to full blog post) Ms. Moran is a tireless champion for the education and protection of the consumer. “Facing financial trouble, there are only three times when it makes sense to file bankruptcy. None of them […]
Life in the Sweatbox (reprinted from Credit Slips) Pamela Foohey, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Robert M. Lawless, University of Illinois College of Law Katherine M. Porter, University of California – Irvine School of Law Deborah Thorne, University of Idaho Date Written: February 20, 2018 94 Notre Dame Law Review __ (forthcoming 2018) Abstract The time before a […]
UPRIGHT LAW and KEVIN CHERN, partner, sanctioned for ‘unconscionable harm to clients’ Report from the Department of Justice, 2/13/18 – Law Solutions Chicago, doing business as “UpRight Law”, UpRight’s managing partner Kevin Chern, and affiliated partner attorneys Darren Delafield and John C. Morgan Jr. were sanctioned hundreds thousands of dollars “for causing ‘unconscionable’ harm to […]
Four Collection Companies Hired to Collect Old IRS Tax Debts The IRS indicates it will give taxpayers and their representative written notice that the accounts are being transferred to the private collection agencies. The agencies are to send a second, separate letter to the taxpayer and their representative confirming this transfer.
Citibank Deceived Borrowers About Tax Benefits, Incorrectly Charged Late Fees and Interest, Sent Misleading Monthly Bills and Incomplete Notices 11/22/17 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Citibank, N.A. for student loan servicing failures that harmed borrowers. . Specifically, the Bureau found that Citibank: Citibank misled borrowers into believing that they were […]
Medical debt – number one cause for seniors filing bankruptcy According to an article in Forbes, the 65+ demographic now makes up a higher percentage of bankruptcy filers than it did a decade ago. Filing for bankruptcy is seen by many seniors as a social stigma. Some live in a nightmare where they are forced […]
ONCE AGAIN CONSUMERS LOSE TO BIG BUSINESS Reuters reports that Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will step down at the end of the month. Large companies (banks, auto finances, pay day loans and student loans, to name a very few) are ecstatic because this opens the door for Trump to nominate […]