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Answered 2010-01-23 09:09:00

Charge-offs remain on your credit report for 7 years. If the account has been included in a bankruptcy, it should be marked as such...."included in bankruptcy".

However, according to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, if you dispute the charge-off with the credit bureau and the creditor can not verify the account, it must be removed from your credit report immediately.

Only the original creditor or the credit bureaus can remove a charge off, either through negotiations or through the dispute process.

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How do you remove charge offs credit report?

Dispute them with the credit bureaus.

How long do charge offs stay on your credit report?

Charge offs will stay on your credit report for 3 to 7 years

Can you remove charge offs from your credit report?

Yes, it's possible to have them removed if you dispute them.

Can a creditor remove a charge off?

Yes, a creditor can remove a charge off from your account and your credit reports. Credit bureaus can also delete charge offs from your credit report if they are disputed and not verified.

How do charge offs affect your credit?

Charge offs will drastically lower your credit score, just like any negative item similar to collections, judgments, and liens. They will stay on your credit report for 7 years unless removed. The more money owed and the more recent the charge off the more it will lower your credit score. You can remove charge offs by disputing them to the credit bureaus. The credit bureaus have 30 days to verify the charge off or it must be removed from your credit report.

How do you remove charge-offs from your credit report?

First of all, charge offs cannot remain on your credit report for longer than 7 years so most credit bureaus remove them after 6 years 9 months to ensure proper compliance with the law. Secondly, it's possible that those charge offs are not yours and/or that the companies in charge of the charge offs have lost the records so it is possible, although unlkely, that you can get the charge offs removed by disputing them with the credit agency. Another possibility is that one company shows the charge off and the collection agency shows an open collection. You should be able to get one of those two eliminated as they are duplicates. Finally, it is possible to contact the companies that have made the charge offs and negotiate with them to remove the charge offs in exchange for paying part or all of the charged off amount. Some companies may gladly do this whereas others will not even consider it. You could initiate conversations with the debt holder by writing a letter to the address on your credit report basically offering to pay a portion of the debt in exchange for complete deletion of the negative credit entry. In conclusion, it's better to avoid charge offs and negative credit by paying your bills on time than to try to clean up your credit report afterwards.

Can charge offs be removed from a credit report because the person has a medical condition that prevents them from working?

No. Personal financial difficulties regardless of there nature is not a legitimate defense for not paying a debt or for having the negative entry removed from the credit report. You will notbe able to remove charge-offs from your credit report unless you can pay the entire balance in full and negotiate with the original creditor.

Can you rid charge offs on your credit report if that creditor was included in your bankruptcy?

The charge offs will remain the required seven years and should be noted as included or discharged in bankruptcy.

How bad do charge offs hurt your credit report?


How long do charge offs remain on your credit report?

The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows charge offs and collection accounts to show for 7 years, plus 180 days from the last time you paid the account (on time) immediately prior to the charge off.

How can you remove bankruptcy from your credit report and public record?

I have had some luck removing bankruptcy's and public records from credit reports. I have also had good luck removing charge offs. I will help you if you want my email address is

Will paying off charge offs results in a higher credit score?

Yes, your credit score will impove if you payoff charge offs, if the lender or collector reports the payment to the credit reporting agency.

Can you get charge offs removed from your credit report?

A charge-off is a tax technicality that gives the creditor a tax deduction and you a taxable cash event. It does not "erase" the debt. You still owe it. It will stay on your credit report for 7 years. If it stays on after that period, file a complaint to the credit reporting agency that is keeping it on.

How long does it take an unpaid bill to come off your credit?

Charge offs and most other defaulted debts are expunged (or should be) from a credit report seven years after the DLA.

How do you get charge off your credit report?

You can remove a charge off by either disputing it to the credit bureaus are negotiating the removal with the original creditor. The credit bureaus have 30 days to verify a dispute or it must be removed from your credit report. You can negotiate the removal upon final payment of the amount owed with the original creditor, but make sure you get this writing before paying them off.UPDATE: Actually, you can force Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to remove a Charge-Off from your credit report and you can do it legally using a federal law that is in place. Credit Bureaus MUST have "verifiable proof" of the "Charge-Off" in their files if they are going to report the negative item on your report. The dirty little secret the credit bureaus don't want you to know is that they do not have any "verifiable proof" in their files for any of the negative items on your credit report. The original creditor may have this information on file but the credit bureaus don't. If you request the credit bureau to provide you with the "verifiable proof" that they have in their files they will remove the negative from your file.Not only can you get a Charge-Off Legally Removed from your credit report but you can also get Bankruptcies, Foreclosures, Default Judgments, Tax Liens, Repos, Charge-Offs, collections etc...all removed. All negatives no matter how bad, how many or how recent ... they all can be removed legally

What is the statute of limitations in the state of Louisiana on removing charge offs off your credit report?

There is no statute of limitations associated with credit reports. However, any information that is more than 7 years old should be removed from the report.

How do you pay credit card charge-offs?

I am a professional debt collector and would say the best answer would be to either contact your credit card company and see to whom they sold the debt, as they no longer own the debt and therefore can not help you rectify the situation. The other option would be to pull a credit report on yourself and check to see if the collection agency is on your report, or if there was an inquiry on your report from a collection agency.

How do you get rid of credit card charge off's?

Steps to Dispute • Get your credit report. • Review your credit report. • Decide which items you want to dispute. • Write letters. • Always hand write your letters in your own handwriting. • Keep copies of all correspondence. • Keep separate file copies on each credit bureau. • Follow up if needed. • Obtain results. also: Charge Offs - I paid "Account Name and Account Number" as agreed. You show this as a charge off, which cannot possibly be correct. Please correct the way you are reporting this. (Charge offs are an amount the department store has written off as a bad debt. It is then listed on the report as a charge off). Best of luck,

How do you remove negative information from a credit report?

Negative information cannot be removed from a credit report once it has been entered. The entries must remain on the report for the required length of time. Seven years for most defaults such as charge offs and some judgments; 10 years for all discharged or dismissed bankruptcies other than a dismissed "13" which is 7 years.

How can you remove charge offs yourself?

Valid charge offs and/or other negative information cannot be removed from a credit report until the required time limit has expired. Do not be mislead by companies claiming to "fix" consumer credit reports for a fee. All negative entries remain on the report for 7 years with the exception of a discharged or dismissed chapter 7 banruptcy which is 10 years and a discharged chapter 13 which is also 10 years. Actually, charge-offs can be removed prior to the tolling of the 7 year period, but only if the creditor agrees to do so. With most companies, you need a good reason - such as fraud.

Do charge-offs go off your credit after 7 years?


What can you do if you are prepared to pay all your chargeoffs in full but the agencies aren't willing to delete the record from your credit report?

Most companies will not delete accounts that have been paid, nor do they have to under the law. The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows them to report the accounts as paid charge offs, or as charge off/collection with a zero balance and to report the date that the account was paid in full or settled.

Should you let charge-offs stay on your credit report?

Charge-OffsHere are opinions on whether you should let charge-offs stay on your credit report: It really depends on how long ago the debt was and what you are looking to do now. Paying the charged off debt will not increase your credit score, the damage is already done. However if you are looking to purchase a home or some other major purchase, it would be best to have the accounts show a zero balance. You can usually settle charged off accounts for 50% or less of the total debt. Otherwise you can just wait the seven years until they are removed.For any personal credit related concerns I recommend a website that I know has many very good answers to even the toughest questions. It is an 'ask' site directly on Experian's website which is hosted by Maxine Sweet, the V.P. of Public Affairs for Experian. You can get to the site from the following link: my own personal experience, if you can afford to pay your charge off in full, then do it. It not only helps your credit score but, when you go to apply for a loan, credit card, mortgage to buy a house or even a car although, it will still show up as a paid in FULL charge off. The lender will, more than likely, still give you what you are looking for because they'lll see it as "oh, this person just came on to some hard times but is cleaning up their credit by paying everything in full". When a debt is charged off, the creditor isn't expecting the borrower to pay anymore so, they may sell your account , or assign it on a contingency basis, to a collection agency.You should always try to remove charge offs that are on your credit report. You can either negotiate the removal with the original creditor or you can try to dispute it to the credit bureaus. The credit bureaus have 30 days to verify the listing or it must be removed from your credit report. There is no reason not to try and remove your charge offs from your credit report.

Can a collection ruin your credit report?

Yes a collection can ruin your credit report. Collections are similar to charge offs and will lower your score significantly all depending on the age of the collections and the amount owed. You can remove a collection by disputing it to the credit bureaus or by contacting the original creditor and working out a deal. Either way works well. You might have to hire a credit repair service if you decide to dispute it or have the money to settle the collection if you contact the creditor directly.

What can you do if your credit report shows active accounts that you thought were charged off?

Why would you want to do anything? Having active accounts, instead of charged off accounts is a positive reflection of your past credit history and is probably causing you to have a credit score. This is a good thing, certainly much better than having charge offs, even paid charge offs showing. Your credit report is a history of how you have managed debt over the past 7 to 10 years. Accounts that were active during that period of time, whether open, closed, active or delinquent, are SUPPOSED to show on your credit report. Having them removed would certainly decrease your current credit score.