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What does chargeoff mean?


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2005-11-26 22:01:37
2005-11-26 22:01:37

Chargeoff means that you did not satisfy debt, and the company took the lost.This is placed on your credit as debit being owed and charged-off.


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It is a term used by credit card companies to indicate they are ending attempts to collect the debt. Then they list it as a bad debt tax loss. This does not mean the account holder is "off the hook". More than likely the account will be bought for pennies on the dollar by a third party collector. The REAL collection process will start, which may, if the debt is not satisfied, culminate in a lawsuit.

All of the credit reporting bureaus allow you to dispute transaction lines found in the credit report. For actions like chargeoffs, the dispute is really adding a note to the file that one will hope a creditor will read when considering you for credit. You will need to know very specific information concerning the chargeoff (including the account, the amount, when the chargeoff occurred, etc.) and your statement will need to represent why the chargeoff should not be considered when applying for credit.

Yes! I settled 2 collection accounts and my score stayed exactly the same.

You need to find out your state's statue of limitations. If the debt is old, then you can back sue the collection agency. You can also go to court and reach an agreement.

When the lender decides to classify it that way. Some will automatically charge it off when it is 90 days delinquent, others will never. Charging off a debt is just an accounting entry that keeps the bank from overstating their income and assets. It does not mean the debt is no longer owed or that they will stop trying to collect it.

Generally, diversification helps reduce the overall credit risk exposure for financial institutions by reducing their overall expected chargeoff rates.

More than likely been sold to a third party collector work with attorneys that specialize in collections. The first contact is usually via mail, seeking "cure and remand." This is sometimes the precludes a lawsuit.

Credit repair letters are sent to lenders to demonstrate an attempt to settle debts and are the first step in financial repair. Chargeoff, Creditinfocenter and eHow are great places to find boilerplate letters.

Perhaps. It would depend on the type of debt and the laws of the state in which the debt was incurred. It could very well be that the SOL has expired and the debt is no longer valid.

Once a chargeoff has been marked "paid charge off," the borrower still owes the debt, but from an accounting standpoint, the lender has decided that they will not be able to collect that debt. Also, the charged off amount will stay on your credit record regardless of the next steps that you take. If you pay off that chargeoff, the lender will not adjust the trans line in the credit report. However, if you are trying to "make it right," you may send a payment to the lender at the same address that you sent payments prior to when collections started (be sure to mark the check/EFT with your account number and name).

Yes it will need to be paid, the good news is the bank will more than likely take a settlement, and only offer to pay them the settlement if the take the repo and chargeoff off your credit, the will play ball!:) for more info on repossessions, you can goto my website at

Loan or debt which have been delinquent and subsequently written off are classified as Gross Chargeoffs. however in certain cases, partial recoveries may be made at a later date. The net charge off is the gross Chargeoff minus the recoveries.

Yes. Even though the chargeoff line item should come off of the credit report in seven years, the credit card company may attempt to collect their debt for as long as they wish (assuming no fair credit collection laws are broken in the process).

Generally, no. When someone settles with a lender, that lender has already notified the credit bureaus of the bad behavior leading up to the negotiation of a settlement. In more than 75% of the cases, the lender has already sent a chargeoff transaction line to the bureaus which will stay with the report for the next seven (7) years. Most lenders don't indicate that a borrower paid off a settlement and they are not required to do so. So, if you choose to pay the settlement, the only way you MAY get a benefit is to use the part of the dispute process with the credit bureaus that allows you to add a note to a given transaction line (again, your missed payments and/or chargeoff will not go away for a while), so your note should be clear as to (1) when you agreed to a settlement, (2) the terms of the settlement and (3) the date on which you paid the settlement off.

It gets updated to a paid charge off and continues to show on your credit report for 7 years + 180 days from the last time you paid as agreed immediately preceding the charge off. The month/year the account gets updated to is what primarily affects your credit score. Under certain circumstances, it could cause a decrease in your score.

Has your home been auctioned out ? If not, then you need to speak to a Loss Mitigation Consultant immediatly to help you with this issue. They can provide the help that you need to save your credit, and give you educational options. Call Access Point National at: 704-910-3855 for further assistance. Once a foreclosure has finalized, and they have sold this home, you are left a debt that will remain on your report for 7 years.

In most cases, it is always better to pay the credit card off in full because the payoff is best for your credit rating. If you are able to settle the debt with an agreement that states that the credit card company will not send an adverse action transaction (e.g., chargeoff, workout, etc.) to the credit reporting bureaus, then you are better off settling.

YES. Not usually. In New Jersey if you have more than 90 % equity in the vehicle they can no longer take the car. BUT they can still damage your credit for 7 years and try to collect in court. In practice they almost always damage credit with a chargeoff or a closing of the account but they rarely sue for small ammounts though they still can.

Technically this should be very easy. Write a letter to the (3) credit reporting agencies stateing that this information is/may not be accurate. They will then request that the creditor verify the information. If the creditor does not respond in 30 days then the entry should be removed. That's the way the law is written, though some credit agencies will give more time to the creditors before removing.

Any repossession will negatively impact your credit. Organizations using the credit report do not differentiate between voluntary and non-voluntary. Rather, the organizations see that you were not responsible with credit and what you purchasd needed to be taken away. Generically, a repossession is considered the same as a chargeoff or writeoff, so the impact on the credit score may be anywhere from 50 to 200 points, depending on one's personal credit situation.

No. Once a person is being threatened by a collection agency, there is a high liklihood that the damage to the credit report is already done - a chargeoff or collections transline will already be in your credit report. Having a payment plan merely gets the debt paid and on-time payments are usually NOT reported (however, if you miss a payment, that company can and will send a negative tradeline to further damage your credit reputation).

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