You cannot remove paid collections from your credit report. Collection accounts, whether paid or unpaid, will remain on your credit report for seven years, starting from the date your delinquency is reported to the credit bureaus. After seven years have passed, the collection will fall off your credit report automatically.
Some companies will try to convince you to pay extra for the removal of paid collections from your credit report. But this practice (known as pay-for-delete) is usually unsuccessful and can cost you a lot of money, so it’s best to simply wait for the collection account to be removed from your credit report normally. You could also ask the collection agency for a goodwill adjustment (where they would remove the paid collection from your credit report), but the collection agency has no obligation to accept such a request.
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Paid collections stay on your credit report for 7 years. After you pay the account in collections, you can reach out to the collection agency and see if they will accept a goodwill adjustment. This is a request to remove a negative item from your credit report, or at least reclassify its status to benefit you, but the collection agency has no obligation to honor it. If the collection agency does not accept a goodwill adjustment, your credit report will still reflect your account as paid, which will look better to creditors than if you had not attempted payment.… read full answer
You cannot remove closed accounts from your credit report unless they are proven fraudulent. But that isn't necessarily a problem because closed accounts with no negative history will remain on your credit report for up to 10 years from the date the account was closed and will have a positive influence on your credit standing.… read full answer
A closed account with negative history will remain on your credit report for 10 years, too, but most types of negative information associated with the account will fall off the report after 7 years.
If you believe that the closed account isn't supposed to be on your credit report, then you can submit a dispute with the credit bureau. You'll have to explain the error in detail, and even provide evidence where possible.
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