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Bankrupt and Swamped With Credit Offers

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

When Chapter 7 filers wipe out their debts, card firms jump to offer them new credit cards. Under a new bankruptcy law these offers are likely to increase.



Bankruptcy Bill Passes; Bush Expected to Sign

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

The House gave final passage yesterday to legislation intended to make it harder for consumers to wipe out debt through bankruptcy, clearing the way for President Bush to sign the bill into law as he has promised to do.



House Passes Permanent Estate Tax Repeal

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

The House voted 272 to 162 Wednesday to permanently repeal the estate tax, throwing the issue to the Senate where negotiations have begun on a deep and permanent estate tax cut that can pass this year, even if it falls short of full repeal.



Disparities Found in Sub-Prime Lending

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

About 29 percent of African Americans who bought or refinanced homes last year ended up with high-cost loans, compared with only about 10 percent of white Americans, according to an a consumer advocacy group's analysis of new data from 15 large national lenders.



Tax Abuse Rampant in Nonprofits, IRS Says

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

Charities and other nonprofits exempted from taxes because they serve a public purpose have become a hotbed of tax evasion and abuse, according to the head of the IRS.



Debt-Relief Firms To Pay $6 Million In FTC Settlement

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that three consumer debt-service companies have settled charges that they cheated financially strapped customers out of more than $100 million.



Bankruptcy's Next Chapter

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

It took eight years of political maneuvering, but a bill to overhaul the nation's bankruptcy system now looks close to becoming law. If it does, that's when the real fight will begin.



Keeping Some Hiding Places

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

For ordinary Americans, bankruptcy may be a chance to start over, but it generally means starting over from scratch, with little more than a few personal possessions and -- if they're lucky, some home equity.



Mandatory Counseling, A Good Idea in Theory

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

Under proposed bankruptcy legislation, which appears to be on the road to passage, individuals will have to undergo some form of credit counseling at least 180 days before they are allowed to file for bankruptcy protection.



Tax Liens Complicate Bankruptcy Filings

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

Bankruptcy laws provide filers with protection from many kinds of creditors, but tax collectors generally are not among them.



Ulcers and Credit Piled Up Debt

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

"I feel like I've got a big 'L' on my forehead," said Donna Roman.



Penalties and Refusals Almost Everywhere He Turned

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

Brent Rivers struggled for almost 10 years after a car accident left him with a broken hip and pelvis before he finally filed for bankruptcy protection in December.



Interest, Late Fees Tripled The Card Companies' Bill

Thu, 28 Apr 2005 21:07:14 GMT

Scott Sullivan spent the morning of St. Patrick's Day at a bankruptcy hearing in downtown Alexandria, making a case to a federally appointed trustee for why he should be allowed to wipe out $20,542.04 in credit card debt under Chapter 7 of the federal bankruptcy code.