How much does a consumer proposal cost? This will depend on a number for factors:
How these factors determine the cost of a consumer proposal is too lengthy to explain at the present time. However we can provide a rough guide of what a consumer proposal would cost you:
|Amount of debt||Monthly net income||Estimated consumer proposal payments|
|less than $12,000||less than $3,100||$120/month x 60 months = $7,200|
|between $12,000 – $18,000||less than $3,450||$150/month x 60 months = $9,000|
|between $18,000 – $21,000||less than $3,650||$180/month x 60 months = $10,800|
|between $22,000 – $24,000||less than $3,700||$200/month x 60 months = $12,000|
|between $24,000 – $30,000||less than $3,950||$250/month x 60 months = $15,000|
|over $30,000||less than $12,000||50% of your debt, paid over 60 months|
Again, we must stress that these are rough estimates. How much you will be paying in your consumer proposal will depend on your own individual circumstances.
You may run into online debt repayment calculators that calculate what your monthly payments would be under a consumer proposal. These calculators almost always underestimate your monthly payments.
Why do they do this? Because it’s a classic “bait and switch” tactic that some firms use. For example, one firm’s online calculator estimates a monthly proposal payment of $175/month for someone who has $30,000 of debt.
What they don’t tell you is that the $175/month does not include the Trustee’s fees. Once you add in the Trustee’s fees (which they don’t disclose to you), you will actually pay much more than the calculated amount.
Our table above includes our fees – you don’t pay anything else. Which leads us to our next section…
You are probably wondering how the Trustee’s professional fees are paid in a consumer proposal.
It’s simple – your proposal payments are paid to the Trustee who deposits them into a trust account. The funds are held in trust for your creditors. The Trustee’s fees are paid out of the trust account according to a tariff under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
In other words, the Trustee’s fees are paid by your creditors based on a percentage of the trust account money. You don’t pay anything other than the proposal payments.
And if a Trustee is telling you otherwise, be wary of working with that firm.
Of course, you have the option of continuing to pay your debts on your own. However, the cost of doing nothing is the interest you will be paying on that debt as you pay it down.
Below is a handy calculator in which you can enter: (1) your credit card debt; (2) the annual interest rate on that debt; and (3) your current monthly payment.
Let’s say that you had $30,000.00 in credit card debt at an annual interest rate of 18% and you were making payments of $500.00 per month to pay it off.
Inputting these numbers into the calculator, it would take you 155 months (or 13 years) to be debt free. You would pay a total of $77,327.90, comprised of the original $30,000.00 loan balance and $47,327.90 in interest.
Clearly, there must be a better alternative to you than paying thousands of dollars of interest over several years. This is why consumer proposals exist – to help individuals like you who are drowning in debt.
Want to work with us? Our promise to you…
- You will be in constant contact with a real Licensed Insolvency Trustee.
- Your calls will always be returned.
- Your emails will never be ignored.
- We will work with you to craft an affordable payment plan that makes sense for your budget.
We review your options
Consumer proposal or personal bankruptcy
Case closed. You’re debt free!
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