According to the Federal Reserve, the total amount of consumer debt in the United States now exceeds $11.5 trillion. Whether a mortgage, medical bill, student loan, auto loan or credit card debt; the repayment of consumer and business credit is vital to the national, state and local economies. Based on a recent study by Ernst & Young,on behalf of creditor, health care, government and other clients.
"Engaging third party debt collectors to recover these debts helps reduce the cost of goods and services, allows affordable credit to be available, reduces the need for future tax increases,"ACA International CEO Pat Morris said. "It's not only the non-profit and private sectors that benefit from debt collection. Federal, state, and local government also rely on the repayment of billions of taxpayer owed dollars in delinquencies including uncollected court fees, unpaid taxes, library fines, and traffic tickets."
The non-profit ACA International Education Foundation createdas a free resource to help ensure consumers contacted about these debts know their rights and better navigate the often confusing world of personal finance. No registration or sharing of a consumer's personal information is required.
Morris added that harassment, threats and other illegal activity are unacceptable and violators must be held accountable. ACA members are working with regulators, Congress and state leaders to ensure a balanced debt collection system that protects consumers and allows the legitimate collection of debt to function.
ACA International ()is the comprehensive, knowledge-based resource for success in thecredit and collection industry.Founded in 1939, ACA brings together 5,000 members in the United States and abroad, and their more than 300,000 employees, representing third-party collection agencies, asset buyers, attorneys, creditors and vendor affiliates.ACA supports members through state and federal advocacy, training andresources. For more information about ACA Education Foundation, visit.
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