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Debt Consolidation in Alaska

Alaska MapAccording to the Urban Institute, a third of Americans currently are delinquent on their debt. The average debt of Alaskans is $68,524, with 33.1 percent of that debt currently in collections. Consumers whose debt has gone into collections have rights during the collections process.

Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, debt collectors are required to treat consumers fairly and are prohibited from engaging in certain practices in an attempt to recover money owed to creditors. The law prevents credit collection agencies from harassing consumers by requiring them to call only during set hours of the day, and never are they permitted to contact a consumer at their place of employment. Consumers also have the right to put a request in writing for the collection agency to stop calling them about the debt, which the agency must honor.

Other guidelines debt collection agencies must follow include not making false statements in an attempt to collect debt. For instance, a collection agency cannot misrepresent who they are when they call and they cannot say that a consumer be jailed for failure to pay debt. They may not issue threats to consumers including suggestions of bodily harm, as well as using profanity. Finally, improper disclosure to family, friends or coworkers. Debt collection agencies are not permitted to disclose the nature of a consumer?s debt to anyone except the consumer.

Even for consumers whose debt has entered the collections phase, it is not too late to consolidate debt to achieve lower monthly payments. A reputable credit counseling service can assist consumers in consolidating their debt into one low monthly payment. Under state law, creditors are required to work with consumers who qualify for debt consolidation.


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The states are often referred to as laboratories of democracy, and the more laboratories we have, the more likely we are to come across a Frankenstein over the long haul. It's pretty clear that Dr. Frankenstein has been hard at work at this point, and we ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 02:00:00 GMT

Senator Eyes Canada Oil Tax After Alaska Drilling Clash

As Alaska's congressional delegation worked feverishly last year to achieve the decades-long dream of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, they came across a formidable opponent: Canada. The Canadian government was concerned about the ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 14:08:13 GMT

Alaska Communications Announces Exemption Process for Tax Benefits Preservation Plan

Alaska Communications (News - Alert) (NASDAQ: ALSK), the leading provider of advanced broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers in Alaska, today announced that its Board of Directors, in consultation with its legal, tax and financial ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 16:13:00 GMT

Alaska Airlines, Expedia denounce head tax in letter to Seattle Council

Over 100 business leaders from Seattle-area companies, including Alaska Airlines, Expedia, and Tableau, warned Seattle City Council in a letter Tuesday that the proposed employee head tax was a "misguided" plan. "We oppose this approach, because of ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 14:52:00 GMT

Alaska lawmakers OK crime bill, bonding to pay tax credits

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Legislature has passed a measure aimed at paying off the state's oil tax credit obligations through bonding. Legislators also approved a package aimed at addressing crime concerns. The bonding bill passed despite ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 18:34:00 GMT

Alaska marijuana businesses outgrow approval system

The state excise tax will eventually need to be revised, he said. State tax records show increasing amounts of marijuana in Alaska is being bought and sold every month. In October 2016, a handful of growers paid a total of $10,000 in taxes to the state.

Published:  Wed, 16 May 2018 01:00:00 GMT

Winning the battle and losing the war on oil tax credits

As the Alaska Legislature completes its annual task of setting next year's budget, conversations about oil tax credits have once again taken center stage. There are at least four known projects that are stalled due to the financial constraints of the ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 12:58:00 GMT

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