When a person is defined as being in financial stress or hardship, it is because they want to satisfy a financial commitment to Ausgrid but are unable to do so due to financial issues or the quantity and unexpectedness of the payment amount necessary.
Financial hardship can be caused by many factors such as illness, unemployment, divorce, death of a family member, etc. When a person finds themselves in this situation, they will usually report it to Ausgrid. If Ausgrid determines that you are in financial hardship, we will work with you to find a solution that allows you to continue to pay your bills.
There are two ways for you to prove that you are in financial hardship: 1 You can submit an Application for Financial Hardship 2 You can also provide evidence of income or assets that are less than $50,000 individually or $100,000 for a couple.
If you are able to show that you are in financial hardship, Ausgrid will try to help by reducing your bill payments to a more manageable level or even suspending them completely for a period of time. As long as you continue to act in good faith and follow our process, we should be able to resolve the issue without further problems.
The best way to avoid having us suspend your service is to make sure your account remains in good standing.
A financial difficulty happens when a person is unable to make debt payments. The following are some of the most prevalent examples of adversity:
If you have eligible hardship costs, you can get a hardship distribution only if you affirm that the following requirements have been met: You have a "urgent and severe financial necessity." Even if a financial need was fairly predicted or deliberately incurred, it may be urgent and severe. If you don't claim all of your income tax withholding or if your withholding is not sufficient to meet your financial needs, you have a financial need.
Hardship distributions are made in proportion to income over $125,000 ($200,000 if married filing jointly). The more income you have, the less proportionate your hardship distribution will be. Your total distribution cannot exceed 100 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI) for that year.
In addition, you must file a tax return that includes all required information even if you don't intend to claim any tax credits or make any other payments based on what's in the return. For example, if you aren't claiming any tax credits but still want a hardship distribution, you must still file a return so that our records reflect that you're not able to pay enough tax.
You can also get a hardship distribution if you are unable to work because of an illness or disability. In this case, your employer must accept your absence from work as a qualified emergency medical leave.
What Constitutes a Difficulty? A financial hardship occurs when you are unable to pay your credit cards or loans due to unemployment, medical difficulties, or unforeseen events. Lenders typically provide help, particularly during economic downturns. If you apply for a loan and are rejected, that may be considered a financial hardship as well.
How Does Hardship Affect Your Credit Score? Being forced to take advantage of debt relief programs because of a financial hardship on your credit report will lower your credit score. The reason for this is that people who cannot pay their bills fall behind on their payments, which causes their accounts to be reported to one or more credit bureaus.
In order to restore your credit score after being denied a loan because of poor credit, you will need to make sure that you stay current with your debts. If you are able to do so, then your credit rating should improve over time.
If your liquid assets are less than a certain sum, we may consider you to be in serious financial trouble. You've incurred costs that were either unavoidable or justified. If you're unable to pay these debts, we will take into account any other sources of income.
The amount required to be eligible for our assistance depends on your income, the number and amount of your debts, and the state in which you live. If your income is below a certain level, you will be considered financially vulnerable. If you have few assets or no assets at all, we will still consider you to be vulnerable if you have many debts. We call this being vunerable no matter how well off you seem from outside information.
Your ability to pay back debt relief agencies is called your capacity to repay. We will not give you credit for factors such as age, health, family circumstances, or outstanding debts already discharged in bankruptcy. However, if you can show that you are having difficulty repaying your debts because of illness, injury, unemployment, changes in your financial situation caused by an act of god, or some other reason beyond your control, then we may waive part or all of your debt.
Even if you don't meet the criteria for formal debt relief, our policies allow you to reduce your monthly payments or even stop making them completely.