There’s less than a month until the tax filing deadline, and we’ve got some tips for Greensboro consumers to help ensure your tax refund isn’t held up by the IRS. Given that most taxpayers now file their returns electronically, things move faster. The IRS issues refunds within 21 days on 90% of tax returns. But what about the other 10% of returns that don’t get paid within three weeks? Today we’ll look at the top mistakes that delay tax refunds.
Carefully consider your Wilmington bankruptcy options
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The decision to file Wilmington bankruptcy isn’t an easy one. You might lean towards Chapter 7 because it’s so fast and offers unprecedented relief of unsecured debt like credit cards and medical bills. This type of fresh start bankruptcy takes about four months from start to finish. However, despite the apparent benefits, not everyone is a fit for Chapter 7 and might do better with Chapter 13.
Celebrity bankruptcy alert - Joey Lawrence ditched debt with Chapter 7
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Less than a year ago, actor Joey Lawrence declared bankruptcy under the weight of a staggering amount of debt. The 41-year old, who has been a working actor since the age of six, fell into severe debt when his income dropped suddenly and significantly. It can happen to anyone from the middle class to the moderately famous. Here’s a look at the celebrity bankruptcy cases of Joey Lawrence and what you can learn from it.
More than 44 million Americans are battling student loan debt. Recent figures put total student loan debt at nearly $1.5 trillion. For those that can afford their student loans, it’s no big deal. But for many college grads, this debt is overwhelming and ruining their financial future. Are you behind on your student loans? If so, you should know that going into default brings severe consequences. Here’s a look at what to do if you’re facing student loan default in Wilmington.
Debt isn’t always a bad thing. It’s debt that lets you buy a house or a car – two things most Greensboro consumers could never purchase on a cash basis. If you can service your debt on your current income while still paying your costs of living and saving for retirement, you’re probably just fine.
Can you keep making 401(k) contributions during Wilmington bankruptcy?
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When you file Wilmington Chapter 13 bankruptcy, all your disposable income is expected to go towards paying back your creditors. This type of bankruptcy sets you up on a repayment plan that lasts from three to five years. Under the plan, you won’t pay back all of your debt. Some will be discharged at a lower percentage, but some debts must be paid back in full.
Many people have the wrong idea about bankruptcy. They make assumptions based on what they see in movies and on TV or sensational headlines about celebrities going broke. One of the misapprehensions about bankruptcy is that a bunch of federal agents will pull up at your house with a giant truck and take all your possessions. It shouldn't happen to you (or anyone else). Bankruptcy isn’t a problem - it's a solution - and in most cases, you won’t lose any assets.
Student loans are a fact of life for most that pursue a college degree. In Wilmington and greater North Carolina, the most recent data from The Institute for College Access and Success shows that 58% of graduates came out of college with debt and the average amount of student loans was nearly $26k. Grads from UNC Wilmington owe $25k, on average, and 60% come out of that institution with loans. If you’re struggling with student loans, we’ve got some ideas including help from employers.
It’s no easy thing owning and running your own Greensboro small business. Companies collapse for many reasons. It can be a faulty concept, trouble in the economy, or a business plan that wasn’t financed well from the get-go, or another cause. Whatever the reason, if you’re facing serious financial problems in your small or mid-sized business, Greensboro bankruptcy might be the best solution for you.
According to a study of couples with marital issues by SunTrust bank, financial problems are the primary cause of stress in relationships. Forget arguments about kids, relatives, friends, or sex – debt can be the most significant deal breaker for marriages. The survey by the bank showed that almost 50% of participants revealed that they have different approaches to saving and spending than their partners and blame finances for relationship stress. Wilmington bankruptcy may be the answer you need.
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