IRS Ruling for certain discharged debts IR-2020-11, January 15, 2020 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury issued Revenue Procedure 2020-11 (PDF) that establishes a safe harbor extending relief to additional taxpayers who took out federal or private student loans to finance attendance at a nonprofit or for-profit school.
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.
LAWGITIMATE Attorney Diane Drain and Bobby Zavala with University of Dubuque Diane Drain established her law firm in 1991 in order to provide education for those facing financial troubles. She believes that basic legal advice should be free and her commitment is to help her clients get their lives back on track. Her greatest reward […]
Holding: Statute of limitations begins to run when the alleged FDCPA violation occurs, not when the violation is discovered.
$59 million dollar judgment for deliberately scheming to evade the law and cause harm to their clients According to an article in news.bloomberglaw.com, 11/6/19, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “CFPB” won a $59 Million dollar judgment (restitution and civil penalties) against The Mortgage Law Group, LLP, Consumer First Legal Group, LLC, Thomas G. Macey, Jeffery J. […]
The goal of a predatory loan (such as payday loans) is to trap the borrower in a nightmare of never ending debt. The lenders know that no one is watching or, in some cases, cares that the poor are prayed upon by these unscrupulous lenders.
CFPB GOES AFTER STUDENT LOAN DEBT RELIEF COMPANIES FOR DECEPTIVE PRACTICES Who is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) suing? They are: Consumer Advocacy Center Inc., which does business as Premier Student Loan Center; True Count Staffing Inc., also known as SL Account Management; and Prime Consulting LLC, which is known as Financial Preparation Services. […]
New rule removes interest rate limits on subprime and payday lenders According to an article in Credit Slips, posted by Adam Levitin, the Trump administration has just proposed a rule that declares open season on consumers for subprime lenders. The Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have released parallel […]
Dealing with debt collection issues can be challenging—especially when you’re not sure if the person contacting you is a legitimate debt collector or someone trying to scam you.
Because of scams payday loans are on the way out, but installment loans have taken their place Payday loans usually have a very short period to repay – typically a lump sum payment in a few weeks. The interest rates are sometimes upwards of 700-800%. Many times the borrower has to take out another loan […]
Vehicle defaults is the next financial crisis (after the mortgage crisis) According to the Wall Street Journal 33% of vehicle loans are upside down (meaning the vehicle is worth less than the debt). Borrowers trade-in vehicles with existing loans, finance a new vehicle and carry over the debt from the old vehicle. This results in […]