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Joe Diamond, CPA, CFP®, EA, MST


Diamond Financial Corporation

4256 North Arlington Heights Road, Suite 204

Arlington Heights, IL 60004


Phone: 847-884-8500 




September/October 2020

Understand Your Credit Report

Your credit report affects everything from getting a charge card to getting a job, so it pays to know how to request and understand it.

Your Rights -
Normally, you have a right to see a free credit report once every 12 months—more often if you are refused credit during this time. But, due to the pandemic, the three credit reporting bureaus — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion— are allowing Americans to access their credit reports for free once per week until April 21, 2021. Get it online at

What's There -
Once you receive the report, you’ll want to check for the accuracy of your personal information, credit accounts (including mortgages, loans and card balances), status (either negative or positive) and inquiries. It may also include any bankruptcies and liens. Make sure every account belongs to you and that the information for every account on each report is accurate.

If you find an error, the credit bureau and creditor that reported the error must correct it. Each credit reporting agency posts the steps you need to take to correct any mistake, but they usually start with putting your complaint and the specifics in writing.


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