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Debt Consolidation in Arkansas

Arkansas MapMore than a third of Americans are in debt, according to statistics from the Urban Institute. Southern states are particularly high in their rates of delinquency, including Arkansas, where over 40 percent of the population is struggling to make payments on time each month. The most common debt for Arkansas consumers is mortgage debt, at 61.1 percent.

Consumers who are struggling to keep up with monthly payments have options. Credit counseling, debt consolidation and, as a last resort, bankruptcy, are among them. Bankruptcy should only be considered as a last resort because it will remain on a consumerís credit report for up to seven years and can affect credit rating.

While consumers are working out their options for debt repayment, they are protected by federal law from shady collection practices. 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.

While there are a number of consumer credit counseling agencies and debt consolidation companies in the nation, it is best to stick with a company that is familiar with the proper practices in Arkansas that will be the most familiar with debt consolidation in the state.


Tax cut for thee

Will your taxes be going up or down in the future That is the question Arkansas' Tax Reform and Relief Task Force has been working on for more than a year. On Aug. 22, the task force approved its fin...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 23:54:00 GMT

Arkansas-side Board of Directors will meet about tax collection

Tax collection is in the spotlight for Monday's meeting of the Texarkana, Ark., Board of Directors. The board will vote on an ordinance establishing a collection process for delinquent hotel and resta...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 18:55:00 GMT

Arkansas governor's nephew pleads not guilty to charges

(AP) - A former Arkansas lawmaker whose uncle is the ... with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. His case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Kristine ...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:56:00 GMT

State tax revenue running ahead of last year

Two months into a new fiscal year, Arkansas tax revenue is running comfortably ahead of last year. Gross revenues in August were 4.7 percent more than the same month a year ago and 1.8 percent higher ...

Published:  Wed, 05 Sep 2018 07:36:00 GMT

Can higher "ėsin taxes' help the economy

After the country entered a technical recession two weeks ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa was lambasted in the media for the government's economic policies - including increasing value added tax (VAT) ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Governor misses debate; foes differ on tax, health plan

"There is never enough tax money for this. There is never enough tax money for that," he said. Henderson said he favors Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion that provides health insurance to about ...

Published:  Tue, 11 Sep 2018 01:30:00 GMT

The Latest: Nephew of Arkansas governor resigns amid charges

12:50 p.m. An Arkansas state senator who is a nephew of the governor has ... Jeremy Hutchinson is charged with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. They allege that ...

Published:  Sun, 09 Sep 2018 01:30:00 GMT

Argentina's export tax has the potential to offset Yamana Gold operations

The tax is capped at AR$ 4 per U.S. dollar for bullions and unrefined gold, and at AR$ 3 per U.S. dollar for unrefined silver and zinc, copper and precious metal ores and their concentrates. This acti...

Published:  Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:58:00 GMT

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