The Macy's Credit Card reports to the credit bureaus monthly, within days after the end of a cardholder’s monthly billing period. Macy's Credit Card reports the card’s credit limit, account balance, payment history, and more to all three of the major credit bureaus: TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. Department Stores National Bank may use a specific credit bureau more than another, depending on the applicant’s home state, and other factors.
Once Macy's Credit Card reports your account information to a credit bureau, it may take a few days before the updates appear on your credit report. New Macy's Credit Card cardholders may not see any new credit account info on their credit report for one or two billing periods after getting a card.
Macy's doesn't specify a minimum credit score to qualify for either of its credit cards. In general, if you have a score higher than 700 for the credit card and 640 for the store card, your odds of approval are high. Keep in mind that in addition to your credit score, the bank will also look at your income, debt and payment history on other credit accounts.… read full answer
You can attempt to add positive accounts to your credit report by requesting that your lender report your account to the three major credit bureaus. Some lenders report to just one or two of the major bureaus (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion), so your credit report may vary based on which company is putting it together. Others may choose not to your report at all, as there is no law that requires lenders to report information to the credit bureaus.… read full answer
Most major lenders report to at least one of the major credit bureaus, so you are only likely to run into this issue with smaller, local lenders. If you are hoping to add more open accounts to your credit report, there are also services available to add rent payments and utilities to certain score calculations.
You can apply for a secured card and use it responsibly, too. This will help you boost your credit score organically.
In order to report to the credit bureaus, a business must first qualify as a data furnisher. Depending on the credit bureau, the business may need a minimum number of customer accounts in order to achieve data furnisher status. For example, TransUnion requires a business to have at least 100 customer accounts. So, a local credit union, for instance, would need at least 100 customers with credit accounts to become a data furnisher with TransUnion.… read full answer
The process of becoming a data furnisher also requires meeting minimum standards set forth by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including making regular data uploads and meeting certain technological requirements. The business must become a paying customer of one of the three major credit bureaus, too.
You can contact each credit bureau’s sales department for more information regarding your specific situation.
Ultimately, it may be worthwhile to become a data furnisher if your business regularly provides credit to customers. But the cost of becoming a data furnisher could be prohibitive if you just want to report a small number of customers who are delinquent on payment. In that case, you would be better off turning the accounts over to collections.
You can legally turn a customer account over to collections once the account is 31 days past-due. Once you select a collection agency to take over your customer debt, you will agree on payment for their services, which is usually charged as a percentage of your customers’ debt. After the collection agency takes responsibility for the account, you will write off the account as a bad debt expense.
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