One Way or Another, You Pay Credit Card Debt.

Good morning.

I wanted to take a break from the markets today and talk about debt for a bit.

One of the biggest financial mistakes people make is getting too deep into credit card debt.

Too much credit card debt can come back to haunt you in the event of a loss of income due to a job loss or illness.

Here’s an example.  Let’s say you have $10,000 in credit card debt, suddenly lose your job, and find yourself unable to pay back the loan.

Eventually the credit card debt will go into default, and the credit card company will charge the debt off as a loss.  You will then be hounded by debt collectors who purchased your debt from the original credit card company in hopes of recouping some, if not all, of the balance you owe for a profit.

Debt collectors have a seven-year window to legally collect the debt from you.  If they fail to do so in that time limit, they cannot legally pursue the debt.

At that point, you may think you’re in the clear.

Not quite!

The IRS will recognize any debt that you have been excused from paying as income…and tax you accordingly!

So the $10,000 in debt you did not pay will be considered income as far as the IRS is concerned, and you may get hit with a tax bill of between $2000 and $3000.

So just remember, when it comes to credit card debt (or debt of any kind), you will pay one way or another.

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Should Millennials Only Invest With Robinhood?

Robinhood is the best thing to happen to investing since the inception of discount brokers.  The ability to buy shares for free is freakin’ awesome!

However…there is a very important point I want all you millennials out there to consider.

Unless you are Peter Pan, you won’t be 23 or 33 forever.  One day you’ll be 65 or older, and you’ll want to cash out your nest egg.  If you have all of your investment dollars in Robinhood, you are going to get killed with taxes.

I recommend opening an IRA with another brokerage for a portion of your retirement savings.  With a Roth IRA, you pay taxes up front and keep all the profits when you need the money the most, in older age.

The commission you pay upfront will be more than covered by the profits you incur over time!

*  The Stock Market is For Everyone, Eric Milton’s short guide to stock market investing for beginners, is available in e-book and paperback formats.  If you like what you see on this blog, we hope you’ll take a moment to purchase and read the book, let us know what you think via a blog comment or Amazon review, and share this information with others!  Thank you. *