Most people believe credit is a good thing, but the truth is credit is a tool being used against many consumers. The problem is the majority of the American population is broke and depends on credit for survival. Credit is managing debt and most people do not understand how to manage debt. The school system in the United States spend so much time teaching students how to live their lives in robotic fashion, that they forget lessons in money management. Everything from employment, renting a car, to booking a hotel depends on some form of credit. Credit is for poor people who do not have cash in abundance. This is a problem rich people do not have to worry about.
The United States is the richest country on the planet, but has the widest gap between the rich and poor. The CEO of Wal-Mart makes about $7,000 an hour as opposed to cashiers and other Wal-Mart employees who barely make $300 dollars a week. How can anyone manage debt and live a comfortable life earning that type of salary. Most people are taught to negotiate their credit card debt for a settlement and improve their credit. This is the biggest mistake any consumer can make. Consumer are unaware that anytime a credit card company settles a debt for $600 less than their delinquent balance, by law the card company has to report that to the IRS. This is critical for the consumer to know because the IRS will eventually 1099C the consumer. The consumer will have to pay taxes on the credit charged off by the credit card company. This is capitalism and unfair at the same time. However, what can a person who is already struggling to pay their bills do to protect themselves? They can let the creditor charge the debts off as a tax lose. When this happens the debt can no longer be collected by the creditor.
Many credit card companies will still sell their charged off accounts to collection agencies for pennies on the dollar. The collection agencies will convince many consumers that, if they do not pay this debt, that it will ruin their credit. Many consumers are unaware that paying a delinquent or collection account will not improve their credit score significantly enough to help them acquire more credit. Consumers should always request a validation of debt from collection agencies with full documentation. Most collection agencies cannot provide this information and will send the consumer a screen shot of balance acquired from the original creditor. They will sometimes send the consumer an Affidavit of Destroyed Instrument. This simply means they do not have the original paperwork. The consumer should always respond with a Sworn Affidavit of Denial and file a complaint with the Better Business Bureaus forcing the collection agency to produce the original contract, which in most cases they cannot.
The reality of our credit driven society is that cash is king. Credit is the whip used for modern day slavery and social economic control. Until people demand a change within our political, educational and credit system, they will be force to live their life as intellectual and labor prostitutes for rich men as well as the corporations they lead.