A non-profit debt counseling service aims to restore parity to personal finances. All providers are governed by section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The counseling session is offered to all clients’ completely free of charge.
How a Credit Counseling Service Covers Expenses
Any legitimate business expenses are covered by offering debt relief programs, such as a Debt Management Plan or debt settlement program, to clients’ who need to reduce their income-to-debt ratio, improve affordability or both. The main concern of clients is settling credit card debt.
The non-profit debt counseling service receives what is referred to as a ‘fair share’. Whilst the amount offered varies considerably between creditors, it is typically 5.5% of the monthly premiums paid in to a debt solution. During the 1980’s, this figure was as high as 17%.
Non-Profit Debt Counseling Session
They seek to improve personal finances through a thorough budgetary analysis. The focus of the meeting is on income and expenditure, assets and liabilities and a credit report review. The advisor will seek to identify areas where it is possible to save or make extra money in order to restore financial parity.
A non-profit debt counseling session will last approximately an hour. The debtor should bring along as much useful information as possible, including income and expenditure details and the latest statements received from creditors. This will allow the advisor to assess the best course of action when settling credit card debt, loans or medical bills.
Debt Relief Programs
A simple budgetary analysis is sufficient to balance the finances of up to 40% of clients. If it isn’t possible to return the client’s income-to-debt ratio to a level that allows them to pay their bills, the advisor will discuss whether a debt solution provides the answer.
A debt relief program, such as a Debt Management Plan or debt settlement program, seeks to help debtor’s in several ways. They either seek to write-off some of the principal (reduce the amount owed) and/or increase affordability (offer a payment to creditors based on affordability).
Non-profit debt counseling provides a debtor with a way of tackling affordability and settling credit card debt, medical bills, loans and other unsecured debt. If a budgetary analysis doesn’t fully achieve affordability, one of their debt relief programs could provide the answer.