Understanding Charge-Offs:
  • What Are They?
  • How They Affect Your Credit Score?
  • How To Remove Them?

Managing your credit can be a daunting task, especially when unexpected financial setbacks lead to negative marks on your credit report. One of the most damaging of these marks is a charge-off. At NovomyCredit, we aim to simplify the complexities of credit and provide you with the knowledge and tools to take control of your financial future. In this blog, we’ll explain what charge-offs are, how they affect your credit score, and whether it’s possible to remove them from your credit report.

What Are Charge-Offs?

A charge-off occurs when a creditor decides that a debt is unlikely to be collected and writes it off as a loss in their books. This usually happens after six months (180 days) of non-payment. Although the creditor has written off the debt for accounting purposes, you are still legally obligated to pay it. The debt can either be handled by the original creditor’s internal collections department or sold to a third-party collection agency.

How Do Charge-Offs Affect Your Credit Score?

A charge-off indicates severe delinquency and can cause a substantial drop in your credit score. The exact impact depends on your credit history and the scoring model used, but it can be as much as 100 points or more.


Charge-offs remain on your credit report for seven years from the date of the original delinquency. This can make it harder to get approved for new credit, as lenders see it as a sign of financial irresponsibility.


Having a charge-off on your credit report can lead to higher interest rates or even rejections for new credit applications, including credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages.

Steps to Handle Charge-Offs:

Regularly check your credit report for any inaccuracies. You’re entitled to a free report from each of the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) once a year through AnnualCreditReport.com.


Communicate with Creditors Early: If you’re struggling to make payments, communicate with your creditors before your debt is charged off. Many creditors are willing to work out payment plans.


Avoid Contacting Charge-Off Agencies Directly: Direct communication with collection agencies can inadvertently reset the date of last activity on the account, potentially prolonging the negative impact on your credit report. 


Seek Professional Help: If the process seems overwhelming, consider seeking help from a credit counseling service or a credit repair company like NovomyCredit. Our professionals can guide you through the process, challenge inaccuracies on your behalf, and help you improve your credit score.


Dealing with charge-offs can be stressful, but understanding what they are and how they affect your credit score is the first step toward managing them. While charge-offs can significantly impact your credit, there are strategies to mitigate the damage and potentially remove them from your credit report. At NovomyCredit, we’re here to help you navigate these challenges and work towards a healthier credit future. Contact us today for personalized credit repair assistance and take control of your financial health.


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