The Internal Revenue Service announced the official start of the 2016 tax season on Monday, January 23 by unlocking the doors to its virtual storefront and accepting the first electronic tax returns. The agency anticipates processing over 153 million returns this year with an estimated 80% of the total generated by tax preparation software. Meanwhile,…Details
There are certain jobs and industries where cutting corners is acceptable or even considered harmless. The accounts receivable industry, where debt collection values are revered, is not one of them.
“What harm,” one may ask, “is there in not fully complying with state and federal laws, or not documenting business activities such as letters or phone calls?” That type of slack may cut it in some sectors, but not in debt collections.
There are other ways to use and abuse reasonable and customary actions, including the harassment of consumers at their place of employment or contacting them during embargoed hours of the day.Details
Earlier this week, TransUnion published an article forecasting higher 2017 delinquency rates for auto loans that will pose greater challenges for auto debt collections. The expected delinquencies are “still far below recession levels,” but auto lenders will be well served by an organized collection effort that allows them to remain in front of the expected…Details
A report by the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) suggests student loan debt is a growing problem for graduates as well as academic institutions and lenders. “Student Debt and the Class of 2015,” an eleventh-annual report, was published on October 18, 2016 with statistical analysis about recent graduates. The 24-page study finds “wide…Details
Some US industries can still thrive on accounts receivable systems that amount to an empty cigar box with a slit cut into the lid — financial services is not one of them. In the November-December 2016 issue of Collection Advisor magazine, British expert Steven Preston writes: “technology is the ‘must have’ commodity [and] investment in…Details
Some finance directors are convinced that handling all business functionality in-house is the best approach. After all, if one wants something done right, they do it themselves — correct? For others, especially those concerned with external breaches in data security, it’s a matter of keeping things close to the vest. Meanwhile, a third group of directors believes that purchasing expensive software to manage processes such as accounting, office management and online marketing is the way to go despite having to dedicate existing human resources (or invest in new ones) for program operations.Details