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Debt Consolidation in Louisiana

Louisiana MapWith respect to one aspect of personal debt, student loans, Louisiana ranks 47th overall. Less than half of all college graduates have debt upon receiving their diplomas, with the average amount of that debt at $23,358.

Louisiana tends to rank low on the list of bankruptcy filings as well, usually coming in 30th out of 50 states. In an average year, approximately 18,000 residents file for bankruptcy, with a per capita rate of 4.13 (out of every 1000 people statewide). Some individuals choose to pursue debt consolidation rather than filing for bankruptcy.

Mortgages are another component of personal debt, and Louisiana has a median home sale price of $149,000. Louisiana tends to have a foreclosure rate of slightly more than 1 in every 2000 housing units, although St. Charles Parish experiences nearly triple that rate with 1 in every 769 homes currently in foreclosure.

Medical debt can also factor into personal debt, and with nearly 20% of the state population having no medical insurance, it is likely that many people have significant healthcare bills to address.

Louisiana residents land almost in the middle of the rankings when it comes to credit card debt, with some figures indicating an average balance of $6,036.99, making the state the 22nd highest in the country.

However, over 40% of Louisiana credit files have their debt in collection, with amounts owed longer than 180 days, and are likely being contacted by collection agencies. The amount of that debt in collection ranges depending on the area. For instance, the average in New Orleans is $4251 in collection, and Baton Rouge?s is $4561. The statewide average tends to be approximately $4194 in collections. There are a number of debt consolidation agencies within Louisiana that seek to help residents to address these challenges before they become worse.

 

Louisiana residents can start filing tax returns Jan. 28

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana personal income taxpayers can start filing their 2018 state tax returns on Jan. 28. The state revenue department announced Tuesday it will begin accepting tax returns ...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:59:00 GMT



Gery Chico, Susana Mendoza argue over soda tax campaign ad

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Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:44:00 GMT



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Published:  Thu, 17 Jan 2019 01:05:00 GMT



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Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:26:00 GMT



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The La Crosse County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board is open to talking about raising the hotel room tax, but reluctant to raise it to the 12 percent proposed by Mayor Tim Kabat. Kabat ...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:34:00 GMT



Trinidad Ministry to impose sugar tax on beverages

(Trinidad Guardian) The Min­istry of Health is mov­ing to im­pose a "sug­ar tax" on bev­er­age man­u­fac­tur­ers in T&T. The rev­e­la­tion was made at a Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee (JSC) on So­cial Ser­ ...

Published:  Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:17:00 GMT



Dodgers are letting the luxury tax dictate their offseason

coupled with the report from the LA Times that they might stay under the luxury tax the next four years, makes it look like they won't make a big financial splash this winter. One benefit the Dodgers ...

Published:  Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:38:00 GMT



CatchMark Announces Tax Treatment for 2018 Dividend Distributions

2018 Dividend Tax Reporting Information (Form 1099-DIV ... owns interests in over 1.6 million acres* of timberlands located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carol...

Published:  Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:32:00 GMT



New Internet Sales Tax Begins Rolling Out In Louisiana

Last year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states could collect sales tax on internet purchases from retailers who don't have a physical location in the state. Since then, Louisiana has bee...

Published:  Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:43:00 GMT



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