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Debt Consolidation in Colorado

Colorado MapThe 2008 great recession wreaked financial havoc on a number of Americans. Although the federal government has declared the economy to be out of the woods and slowly rebounding, many consumers still are suffering with the debt they incurred due to lost jobs and stagnant salaries.

The average debt in Colorado is $74,340, with 31.2 percent of that currently in collections, according to statistics provided by the Urban Institute. Consumers who are struggling with debt have options in Colorado. They can seek credit counseling, apply for debt consolidation programs or, as a last resort, file for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. While consumers decide which option is best for them, they have protections afforded to them from debt collection agencies.

Within the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, collectors are required to treat consumers fairly and are prohibited 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.

Consumer credit counseling agencies are able to assist consumers with debt consolidation by negotiating on their behalf with creditors. Working with a credit counseling agency can help consumers to get out of debt in as little as two to four years. They also may be able to negotiate with creditors to lower the total amount owed.


Colorado business groups will push for tax hike for roads

DENVER (AP) - A coalition of business groups announced plans Friday to ask Colorado voters this fall to raise sales taxes to pay for $6 billion in transportation projects. Their announcement officially puts into motion a campaign that's been discussed by ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 18:17:00 GMT

Colorado coalition seeking sales tax hike to pay for transportation needs will begin collecting signatures to get on ballot

A coalition of Colorado business groups and civic leaders on Friday announced they will collect signatures to try to ask voters in November for a 0.62 percent sales tax increase that would raise money for the state's billions of dollars in infrastructure ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 12:19:00 GMT

Colorado coalition to rally support for sales tax hike for transportation on fall ballot

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and a large coalition of groups from around Colorado will push to get a .62 percent, 20-year sales tax increase on this fall's ballot, asking voters to fund billions of dollars worth of transportation infrastructure ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 10:55:00 GMT

Fourth consecutive rise in Colorado Springs sales tax revenue a sign of surging economy

Colorado Springs consumers continued to spend in March at a steady pace, according to the latest sales tax numbers from the city of Colorado Springs. Sales tax collections for April, which reflect transactions in March, rose 5 percent from a year earlier ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 15:44:00 GMT

Tax reform resulting in Colorado businesses investing more in employees, communities

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will create roughly 17,520 new jobs in Colorado and increase household median income by an average of $3,105. Americans for Tax Reform, which compiled a comprehensive list of businesses ...

Published:  Tue, 15 May 2018 10:43:00 GMT

Dueling proposals to fix Colorado's roads could collide on your Nov. 6 ballot

Colorado's sales tax rate is currently 2.9 percent. Both groups need to collect 98,492 signatures by Aug. 6 in order to get the initiatives on the ballot for election day on Nov. 6.

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 16:11:00 GMT

Denver chamber-led coalition will seek sales tax for roads

The anti-new tax effort is led by the libertarian-leaning Independence Institute in Denver. "This is terrific!" the think tank's president, Jon Caldara, said in an email to Colorado Politics Friday. "Now voters this fall will have a clear choice ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 16:46:00 GMT

101 bills that passed and failed: A digest of what you missed in the 2018 Colorado legislative session, from taxes to crime to transportation

Colorado lawmakers introduced more than 700 bills in the 2018 legislative session covering a wide range of topics - from transportation to taxes and school safety to health care. There were even measures considered by the Democrat-controlled House and ...

Published:  Sun, 13 May 2018 05:13:00 GMT

Colorado's property tax rate third lowest in U.S.

The average Colorado homeowner pays just 0.51 percent of their home value in taxes, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single family homes. The state has 1.5 million single family homes with an average estimated ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 10:13:00 GMT

Opportunity for Colorado: Chuck Schwab expects more companies to flee high-tax states

The Charles Schwab annual meeting at the company's San Francisco headquarters this week provided an opportunity to ask one of the city's most prominent business leaders a question on the minds of many these days: Will a new California tax law capping ...

Published:  Thu, 17 May 2018 08:22:00 GMT

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