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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.


Activist aims to increase Colorado tax on oil production by $704M

An anti-fracking activist wants Colorado voters to okay a severalfold increase in the state's main tax on oil and gas production, raising an estimated $703.9 million in annual state revenue. Lafayeytt...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 07:57:00 GMT

Where does all that Colorado pot tax go

DENVER - Colorado is pulling in a significant amount of money by taxing recreational marijuana, but it's not enough to pave the streets in gold. In part because supporters of legal pot hyped the poten...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:02:00 GMT

Colorado 17th Most 'Tax-Friendly' For Middle Class: Study

COLORADO - Colorado is the 17th most tax-friendly state in the country for the middle class. That's according to a study published Wednesday by the personal finance site GOBankingRates.

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:00:00 GMT

Some Pasco Co. businesses charging Hillsborough Co. sales tax

A number of Pasco County businesses have been incorrectly charging customers when they ring up. Customers have been paying am 8.5 percent sales tax when it should have only been seven percent. For Pas...

Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:03:29 GMT

Colorado Springs area business events starting Feb. 17

Rotary Club of Colorado Springs - Noon-1:30 p.m., The Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave.; Through April 15: Pikes Peak United Way Free Tax ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23:26:00 GMT

Ashby co-op manager pleads guilty to mail fraud, tax evasion: Hennessey was accused of embezzling over $5M

MINNEAPOLIS - The former general manager of the defunct Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. pleaded guilty to federal felony charges of mail fraud and income tax evasion in U.S. District Court in M...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:45:00 GMT

Tax office employees remember former co-worker

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) - In Wichita Falls Tuesday afternoon family, friends and employees of the Wichita County Tax Office sent happy birthday wishes up to heaven on balloons for Shawn Ramon. Ramon ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:35:00 GMT

Wisc. Dem seeks co-sponsors for bill to repeal medical device tax

Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) this week inked a letter to colleagues seeking support for a new bill that aims to repeal the medical device tax. The newly dubbed Protect Medical Innovation act of 2019 comes b...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:55:00 GMT

Bill aims to help Colorado businesses navigate tax codes (and here's how you can, too)

DENVER - Not everything that happens at the Colorado State Capitol gets covered because well - not everything is that interesting. "There is somebody in my district who has said to me, Tracy does not ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:58:00 GMT

Gas Tax: How Much More Colorado Residents Pay To Fill Up

COLORADO - Crossing state lines could increase or decrease how much you pay for gas. A new report from 24/7 Wall Street looked at which states have the highest and lowest gas taxes and found ...

Published:  Thu, 07 Feb 2019 22:33:00 GMT

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