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Using bankruptcy for tax relief


Many Tennessee residents may have debt problems caused by excessive credit card usage. Others have debt issues caused by unpaid taxes. Perhaps they owe income taxes to the IRS and are unable to pay them. They may have abandoned a property and now owe taxes on it. Divorce and other family issues may have caused them to overlook their tax debts. Whatever the situation, we have options to help bring you the tax debt relief you need.

The emotional aspect of bankruptcy: how to deal


Nobody gets excited about the thought of filing for bankruptcy, but in many situations, it's the only way to get out of a financial mess. Many Tennesseans are afraid of bankruptcy, however, because of their pride. To many people, money is their identity. Without it, they have no self-esteem and view themselves negatively. They are afraid that others will view them negatively as well if they file for bankruptcy, since a lack of money often connotes irresponsibility. Bankruptcy is an emotional undertaking, but by understanding the changes that need to be made, those in debt can experience a fresh start, learn from their situation, and ease the stressors affiliated with overwhelming debt.

Choosing the right bankruptcy for those with irregular income


When a person has a regular paycheck, staying out of debt can still be tricky. Imagine the stress involved with working a seasonal job or owning a business. In these situations, there is no steady paycheck upon which you can rely. You're not always paid on a weekly or even monthly basis, so trying to pay bills and stay out of debt is especially challenging. Fortunately, bankruptcy can help provide debt relief, but it's important to choose the right type to fit your specific situation.

The truth about bankruptcy: Dispelling the myths


Even though the once struggling economy is slowly starting to pick up, many Tennessee consumers still struggle with debt. They may be unemployed, working only part time, or unable to pay off the mountain of credit card debt they owe, whether it be from medical expenses or poor financial choices. To obtain debt relief, many choose to file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is often seen as a cure-all, but is it really the right choice? Discover the myths - and the truth - behind the bankruptcy process.

What are my options to get rid of TN debt, besides bankruptcy?


Overwhelming debt is a major concern for many Tennessee consumers. Unexpected expenses, such as medical expenses, can cause a major dent in one's wallet. To start anew, many consumers turn to bankruptcy. While bankruptcy is an effective way to quickly eliminate debt, it can cause much damage to a once-excellent credit score. There is also a stigma attached to it, which is why many people attempt other options first. What exactly are your other options for debt relief?

Debt repayment after filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy


When a Tennessee consumer seeks debt relief, he or she may choose bankruptcy. There are two main types of bankruptcy to consider: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Many choose Chapter 7 because it can be quick and easy, and virtually all debts are wiped out in a matter of months. Chapter 13 bankruptcy, on the other hand, is the better option for those who want to keep their assets, show a good faith effort in repaying debt and possibly have a better credit score in a few years. However, debtors must adhere to a strict repayment plan or see their case dismissed.

Can I face discrimination for filing for bankruptcy?


Many Tennessee residents face financial challenges due to job loss, disability, medical bills and unexpected expenses. Although they may do their best to pay their expenses, sometimes they simply cannot get ahead and instead drown in overwhelming debt. Their only option may be to seek debt relief through bankruptcy. Although bankruptcy offers many benefits and is becoming a more popular option among consumers, there is still a stigma attached to it. In addition, many consumers may fear that they will face discrimination for filing for bankruptcy. Is this a valid fear?

How a cosigner can be affected by a loved one's bankruptcy


When someone asks their parent, grandparent or other loved one to cosign a loan for them, they oftentimes agree. Why? Because family members usually want to help each other out in time of financial need. They don't want to see their child, grandchild, niece or nephew do without a car or student loan for college. But if the person who took out the loan is unable to repay the debt and files for bankruptcy, the cosigner may be on the hook and could even face damage to his or her own credit score. So some individuals may be considering the best way for them to handle this situation.

More credit card balances paid off, but many still delinquent


A recent report released by the American Bankers Association found that American credit card usage is up. Yet, the number of people who pay off their entire balances climbed to its highest percentage on record for the last quarter of 2013. The jump, from 28.6 percent to 29 percent, has many economists optimistic that Americans are acting in a more responsible manner with their credit cards. These experts also point to a decrease in delinquencies, with only eight and a half percent of all credit card debt in the first quarter of 2014 being 90 days or more overdue.