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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.


Taxes too high Pa. residents could move to Wyoming, South Dakota, or Alaska | Opinion

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

"˜You have to fight these things:' Why two Juneau men are standing in the way of the Alaska Legislature, Gov. Bill Walker and a billion-dollar debt

Perform certain work, and a company would get a tax credit from the state. The credit program intensified after early 2010, when the Legislature gave up on the idea that the credits would ever be offset by new oil revenue. At the time, Southcentral Alaska ...

Published:  Tue, 22 May 2018 19:02:00 GMT

Governor, House leave tax talk to another legislature

For the last three years, Gov. Bill Walker has advocated for an income tax as a way to reduce state dependence on oil revenue. Walker wasn't the only one. Last year, the Alaska House Majority called the measure a pillar of its budget plan. But now ...

Published:  Mon, 21 May 2018 09:27:00 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

APNewsBreak: Alaska Sued Over Walker's Bonding Proposal

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska resident sued the state Monday over Gov. Bill Walker's plan to allow for the issuance of bonds to pay off the state's outstanding oil tax credit obligations. The lawsuit was filed in state court on behalf of Alaska ...

Published:  Mon, 14 May 2018 18:31:00 GMT

Pew: 34 states collect more in taxes than pre-Great Recession, when revenue plummeted

Both have a constitutional cap on tax revenue growth. The state with the least was Alaska, which collected only about 12 percent as much in inflation-adjusted tax dollars as it did in 2008. Wisconsin, 6.0 percent more. Collectively, state tax revenue ...

Published:  Wed, 23 May 2018 16:48:00 GMT

Seattle's tax on big business to impact travel companies

Among the travel companies that had come out against the tax were Holland America Group, Expedia Group and Alaska Airlines. Holland America Group, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., said that it employs more than 1,600 people in Seattle, where it keeps its ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 16:34:00 GMT

Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

The federal tax on gas dates back to 1932 when President Herbert Hoover ... Maryland and North Carolina - didn't get back more than they contributed in 2016. The biggest winner: Alaska. It got back $521 million, nearly six times the $90 million it ...

Published:  Thu, 24 May 2018 08:30:00 GMT

Juneau Report: Oil & Gas Tax Credits Lawsuit

Anchorage, AK - Your Alaska Link's Special Correspondent James Brooks of the Juneau Empire, joins us once again, bringing all the recent news from the capital city. In our segment above, we detail Brooks' latest article, ""˜You have to fight these things ...

Published:  Wed, 23 May 2018 18:54:00 GMT

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