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Paying 30 days or more past due could drop your score as much as 100 points.

What are late payments?


A late payment is an amount of money a borrower sends to a lender or service provider that arrives after the date that the payment was due or after a grace period for the payment has passed.


How much a payment is late and other factors can have a negative impact on a person’s credit score and, indeed, their ability to obtain credit at a favorable rate.

Regardless of the reason, there are several consequences to making late payments, including:

  • Late payment fees.

  • Interest added to the delinquent payment.

  • Possible termination of service or default of a loan.

When is a payment marked late on credit reports?


By federal law, a late payment cannot be reported to the credit reporting bureaus until it is at least 30 days past due. An overlooked bill won't hurt your credit as long as you pay before the 30-day mark, although you may have to pay a late fee.

What's on your credit reports is important because that's the data used in calculating your credit scores. Since payment history is the biggest element in what makes up your credit scores, going 30 days or more past due can really hurt.

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