Question by  Bina (18)

Does credit card debt affect your pension?

I have a lot of credit card debt.


Answer by  Karen54 (971)

The general answer is no, Social Security and most private pension plans are exempt from garnishment. Check your home state website for specific rules and regulations or to report a creditor that threatens to garnish your income from these sources.


Answer by  epglaw (553)

Your penison is paid to you regardless of how much you owe to third parties, such as credit card companies. The amount you are entitled to receive on a montly basis is not calculated based on your credit card debt, but an established formula set forth in the pension itself.


Answer by  Kurt (4579)

The amount of credit card debt you have should have no effect on the amount of pension you receive. Your pension is based on your time of service and the amount that you have accrued into your pension plan. The only problem credit debt will cause you is that your payments will be excessive.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

If your debt goes into default and you are sued for garnishment, it can be collected from your pension and bank account. Otherwise, you have to pay off the credit card debt out of your pension like any other bill.


Answer by  Turkwork (1150)

Credit card debt can definitely affect a person's pension because accumulated credit card debt reduces a person's spending power. Even if a person is only making minimum payments, those minimum payments will affect your ability to use your pension if the credit card debt is high enough. Setting a goal of being debt free at retirement is really important.


Answer by  Melissa101010 (4405)

The debt from your credit card can affect your pension if the credit card company decides to take you to court and garnish your wages. They can also take you to court and sue you for your money.

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