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One of the great myths about bankruptcy is that it erases bad credit history. It doesn’t. Declaring bankruptcy frees you from paying all or part of the debt you owe. Accounts will be updated in your credit report to show “included in bankruptcy.” However, the accounts will not be deleted from your credit report. Chapter 13 bankruptcy remains on your credit history for seven years. Chapters 7 and 11 are reported for 10 years.

Credit accounts may be deleted at different times depending on their status prior to being included in bankruptcy. Bankruptcy isn’t an easy way to escape a bad credit history. It doesn’t erase your credit report so you can start over with a clean slate. It does stop collectors from calling, but creditors stop calling, too.

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