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What is Court-Ordered Debt Collection?

Most interactions with the criminal justice system involve costs and fines. This indicates that you probably owe money. Administrative costs, court penalties, and restitution (paying the court or the injured party as punishment for the crime committed) are some examples of debt (money owed) that is related to certain crimes. 

Furthermore, you can still owe money for a long-ago transgression or minor infringement, like a traffic ticket. If left unattended, debts can grow over time and eventually make it more difficult for you to find a place to live, a driver’s license, or work.

In the case of non-payment, it may impact your credit and credibility and may affect your employment too.

How to Pay the Court-Ordered Debt?

Sending a check by mail with a return receipt is the safest way to pay a collection agency. This will demonstrate that the check was accepted by the collecting agency. An electronic receipt for the same costs around $1.85.

Online payment is an additional option. You need the following data for that:

  • Name of the county where the penalty was assessed or imposed.
  • Case number and general charge type (traffic, simple/criminal, or civil infraction).
  •  You can use your name to search if you don’t know this number.

When you enter this data, the system will look for cases that match your input.

Can I Deduct a Paid Judgment?

Payments made by taxpayers in response to court orders or settlements may be deductible as business expenses under IRC section 162 or as income-producing expenses under IRC section 212. Regardless matter whether the payout is for compensatory or punitive damages, this is typically true.

Also, See: Non-Cash Compensation

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