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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 task force proposals benefit, surprise, corporations and the top 1 percent

The proposals not only are unfair, they'd likely cripple the state budget. The analysis is by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and the Institute on Tax and Economic Policy. Said a release: ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:02:00 GMT

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson examines 2nd-term priorities; another tax cut among key goals

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he's hoping for bipartisan support in the Legislature for his four major plans -- another income tax cut, an increase in the minimum pay for teachers, a governm...

Published:  Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:30:00 GMT

Neurosurgeon quits before 1st day at Arkansas hospital, ordered to pay $12.8K in payroll taxes, recruitment fees

While Michael Raber, MD, was still in medical training, he committed to an employment contract with Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., that included a $48,000 signing bonus, but ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:12:00 GMT

Bitcoin overtakes iTunes vouchers as most common payment demanded by tax scammers

Australians have reported more than 28,000 'scam' attempts to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), since July 1, and paid almost $1 million to scammers, the ATO says. The agency said payments through Bitc...

Published:  Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:30:00 GMT

Arkansas Property Tax Payments Due October 15

Convenient online payment options available in over 50 Arkansas counties The statewide personal and real estate property tax payment deadline is October 15. Citizens in over 50 Arkansas counties can a...

Published:  Mon, 01 Oct 2018 06:32:00 GMT

Tax-delinquent land sales focus of Arkansas official-elect

Tommy Land, Arkansas' land commissioner-elect, plans to take a vacation, but then, it's to work. The Hot Springs Republican, who was elected Tuesday, won't be sworn in until January, but over the next ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:30:00 GMT

Arkansas task force considers changing 2 tax credits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A tax overhaul task force is looking into whether Arkansas should change two tax credits authorized for insurance companies that cost the state about $77 million a year. Members of ...

Published:  Fri, 28 Sep 2018 08:30:00 GMT

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