How Long Do Collections Stay on Your Credit Report?

The last thing you want to see on your credit report is a collection account. It will stay on your credit report for about seven years, which is not good.

But knowing what happened can help make sure it doesn't happen again.

What do Collections mean?
A collection account, which is sometimes called a "charge-off," can happen if you don't pay a debt or ignore it.

If you don't pay a bill, whether it's a credit card bill, a medical bill, or a bill for your utilities, it can go to a collection agency. When you have a balance on a credit card, the lender usually waits until your payment is at least six months late.

When a creditor thinks they won't be able to get the money you owe them, they may sell your account to a collection agency. The agency will likely then tell the credit bureaus about your late account.

How long do collection accounts stay on your credit report?

If you have a collection account, it will stay on your credit report for about seven years after it first went into collections. The original date is the first day you didn't make a payment, which would be 30 days past due.

If the negative item is true, it usually can't be taken off your credit report once it's there. If the information isn't right, file a dispute with each credit bureau that has your delinquent account listed.

You can also file a dispute if you pay off the debt but the collector doesn't tell the credit bureaus.

You also have more time to pay off your medical debt under the new rules. Used to be, you could be sued for unpaid medical bills after six months. From this year on, you'll have a year to pay it off before it can be taken from you.

Some people's medical bills were sent to a collection agency while they waited for their insurance companies to pay. This new rule gives everyone a little time to figure out what their out-of-pocket costs will be.
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