I would pay the collection account. Try not to let the account get that far that it becomes a charge off. It would be better to pay them all on time, of course. They both do damage to your credit. The charge off is normally paid less than the original charge. After paying, they both will show paid on your credit file if the companies filed them correctly. Make sure you have the company mail you a letter of Debt satifaction with a statement notifying the credit bureau. This is your responsibility to make sure it happens. Good luck..
The original creditor is required by law to charge off an account after a 180 day deliquency. In most instances the account is sold to a third party collector. The collection agency will continue collection procedures. If an equitable arrangement cannot be made with the debtor, the collector may refer the account to an attorney who may decide to file a lawsuit.
Of course. Charge off is simply an accounting term. It is a shortened version of "chraged off to profit and loss". Companies will frequently charge off debts to clear their books. It has no bearing on a consumers' liability. If you did not pay the debt, you still owe, regardless of what it is called. For a consumer, charge off = collection account.
A charged off account is similar to a collection on your credit report. The creditor has written off the debt owed and closed the account. The debt is still valid though and can be collected on. The charge off will lower your credit score unless removed. You can dispute a charge off and this give the credit bureaus 30 days to verify the charge off or it must be removed from your credit report.
The collection company has probably charged interest sincethe day they received the account. The interest rate can differ from state to state on a charged off account. So yes, they can but that amount is not just for two months. You need to ask for a total breakdown on the account and see if the interest charged is correct.
It is unlikely that the account was "sold" to a collection agency. Rather, the agency was contracted to recover the debt. The "charge off" of the account only affects the original creditor, and represents a loss reported against the company's taxes. If the collection agency has attempted to recover the debt and has been unable to, the original creditor will likely pull back the account and refer it to another agency in hopes of greater success.
collection i believe is a company that sets you on a payment plan to make it easier for you to pay. charge off you will never beable to get credit it is paid off but you will never be able to get a loan To my knowledge, charge off means the business charged it off as a loss and collection means they are pursuing the person for the money or paying an agency to pursue the person for the money.
Original creditors sale their accounts to collection agencies when the account has been past due and they have not effectively collected. At that time, the original creditor will charge off the balance from their accounts receivable and turn the account over to a collection agency. When the collection agency collects the debt, a portion of the amount received is paid the the collection agency and the remainder is returned to the original creditor as profit.
Charged off is a shortened version of "charged off to profit and loss". This is an accounting term which describes actions taken by creditors to avoid showing loss (red ink) on their books. For a consumer, charge off is the same as a collection account. It is a defaulted debt that remains owing until paid in full, at which time it is called a paid charge off.
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