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The credit score impact of paying off a mortgage can be hard to predict, but other information in your credit report can contribute to a rise or fall.

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E-payments expand from online shopping to our everyday lives

We all know how useful PayPal and other online payment services can be for buying things online, but more Americans are discovering how handy e-payments can be in other everyday situations.

Payments research firm Mercator Advisory Group recently found that 2 in 3 adults (65 percent) use payment services such as PayPal, Google Checkout and Amazon Payments.

Online shopping was the most common use e-payments across all age groups, with 84 percent reporting doing so in the past year. But online shopping e-payments appears to have plateaued between 84 and 86 percent for the past three years.

Other increasingly common uses for e-payments are for in-store purchases (30 percent and up from 22 percent two years ago), transferring money to family and friends (27 percent and up from 22 percent in 2014).

Mercator's findings are drawn from a June 2016 online survey of over 3,000 U.S. adults. The results were released Jan. 5.

Infographic: The growing ways we e-pay

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'Your Business Credit'
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Your Business Credit expert Elaine Pofeldt

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Best business credit cards: winter 2017

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Poll: We love card rewards,
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While 55 million cardholders rank rewards and cash back as the best benefits of the card they use most often, 38 percent of those polled said they had not changed their most-used card within the past 10 years or ever, our card rewards survey finds.

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Brady Porche Medical bills can take
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A new study finds big medical bills take a toll on family finances. Adopting creative savings strategies now may make it easier to pay the next medical bill. See more

1099-C: 6 exceptions to paying
tax on forgiven debt


If you received a 1099-C, you likely have to include that forgiven debt as income when you file your taxes. Before you do, though, check these six exceptions to paying tax on forgiven debt.

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Debt settlement stays on your credit report for seven years. But it has less of an impact over time if you rebuild your credit responsibly.

Updated: 02-27-2017