Maybe, it depends on the country you live in. Generally, credit card rewards are seen as rebates (or discounts), and not as income. However, signup bonuses (certainly excessive bonuses) may get taxed as income.
Generally, credit card fees such as annual fees, and interest expenses are tax deductible against business expenses.
Currently, during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, just about every bank is offering some form of deferral program to avoid consumers from going in to default, collections, or worse, bankruptcy. If you are having difficulty making your payments, work with your bank before it’s too late.
Yes. Since 2008, and to avoid tax evasion, the IRS has been collecting data on credit card spending habits.
Banks can review accounts for a number of reasons. For example, if your credit score changes, if you don’t use your credit card, or you start being late with your payments, it’s possible the credit card company can either lower your limit, or even close your account and demand payment.
It’s certainly within the banks’ right to lower someones credit limit. Reasons for lowering limits include lack or inactive credit use (I.e. not using actually credit card), or if your credit score diminishes. Remember, a bank can even close your credit card account and demand the outstanding balance, at any time.
If you are taken the court for non payment of your credit card, the court may allow your wages to be garnished to pay back the loan.
Credit card debt is usually unsecured debt – or a signature loan. As a result, it would be near impossible for a credit card company to take your house due to non payment.
Yes, especially if you don’t pay what you owe.
Yes, banks can lower your credit limit based on what they see fit.
Yes. If the bank or collections company agrees, (a portion) of the debt can be forgiven. Remember however, the portion of debt that’s forgiven must be declared as income at tax time!
Credit cards are generally unsecured, so unless you used your car as security, they will have an incredibly difficult time convincing a court to hand over your car if you stop paying your bills.
Yes. This normally happens when you’ve been double charged for an item, or if you dispute a charge that shouldn’t be on there.
APR is the yearly price for borrowing money expressed as a percentage. It’s the interest rate plus any fees the issuer can charge you throughout the year. With many cards, APR only matters if you carry a monthly balance on your card. If you pay off your full statement balance each month, you will generally never have to worry about the APR.
It can vary from one card to the next, depending on the terms. This page explains the different methods in detail.
The best credit card for you depends on your shopping style and habits. You should be the one to determine what you’re looking for. For example, if you do a lot of travel, you’ll want to look for a travel credit card, but if you do grocery shopping often, a cash back card may save you more.
Though it can change, at the moment they only accept Visa cards and some other payment methods.
This depends on what you’re looking for.
For cash back cards, the Citi Double Cash Card is one of the best all-around cash back rewards cards. For a points or rewards system, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers excellent perks. The Chase Sapphire Reserve card has excellent rewards for travelers.
Synchrony bank is a major issuer of store credit cards and financing options. Though you’ll normally hear other issuer names, like Chase or Discover, Synchrony is actually the biggest provider of private label credit cards in the country.
Whether you’re just starting to build credit, or you are repairing your credit scores, you’ll be limited to the cards that you can be approved for. Some credit cards are more geared toward people with no credit history, like student and secured credit cards.
Most big-name issuers report authorized user activity to all three of the major consumer credit bureaus. There are some instances where they may not be reported though, including:
* The card is issued by a smaller regional bank.
* The issuer doesn’t allow authorized users at all.
* The issuer may only report certain types of authorized users.
* The issuer may only report authorized user activity for users of a certain age.
* The account is delinquent.
Credit card debt can be harmful to your finances because of the high interest rates and the high impact debt can have on your credit scores. When using cards irresponsibly, low scores may prevent you from being approved for other lines of credit, and hurt your chances of approval for rent, utilities, or a new phone line.