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When do credit card companies report balance to credit bureau?
I would like to pay off my balance right before my credit card companies report the balance to 3 credit bureaus. But how do I know when they report to the bureaus? Thanks.

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closing date

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Credit issuers report to the bureaus what the balance is on your closing date. Say your bill is due on the fifteenth of the month. The closing date will probably be the eighteenth (although the reporting may not actually take place until several days after this). On this day, a "snapshot" of your balance is taken and this is what is reported to the bureaus. 

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Well, that's not what's happening with my Vantage West CU Visa. The statement is always the last day of the month. I have medical insurance that bills on the 2nd of every month, so I thought I was being cleaver to have that charged to the VW card, pay it off before the end of the month and get a $0 balance reported. But in looking over my reports here I see VW is reporting the card on the 5th of the month, reporting the balance as of that day which includes the insurance bill that just posted to the account (after pending for a day or so). Can they legally do this? I've never had a CC that reported anything other than the last statement balance.

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I know this is a bit old, but I think everyone is missing small bits of info (or I have not found them yet).  I will give my situation, then a quick explanation.  I have BOA CC.  PIF every month (0% interest paid, even though a disgusting rate).  Depending on the balance of the statement closing date....that is the amount reported.  This is the magic date you want to focus on if you are targeting to maintain a certain percentage of CL use.  so, my closing date is 28th.....I had a current balance of $613.  That was reported to the bureaus.  I pay in full so I am not charged interest (here is where you have to make sure to pay the previous month balance to avoid interest), but I have to check the useage as of the 27th to ensure I am impacting what is reported to the bureaus.  I check my data at least three times a week, so I know everything that is pending, has cleared, and what is going on in general.  I hope this helps a bit.  It is extra work to manipulate the system, but after a bankruptcy some 11~12 years ago - I had to learn every trick possible to survive it.

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They report by your "statement date" on your credit card statement you receive right after the statement date hits - it is marked on there.  Always pay balances prior to that date that you do not want to show.  

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Never know when bank is updating

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It seems impossible to determine when bank of america reports my Credit Card Balance to Transunion and Equifax.   I have called Bank of America about this and they said it is at end/beginning of every month.  Yet the inquiry is showing last update on the 19th of month.   I have a small secured credit card of $500.00 limit and it is impossible to keep my CC Utilization in the Excellent or Good Range.  I make several payments  per month since I can't pinpoint when the bank reports my balance to the credit bureau's.  it seems to be a guessing game and the banks and bureaus are reporting my highest balance of the month.  Is there a way to be notified by bank when they report my credit card balance to the bureau?

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This is old but it may help another reader. With a secured card it may e easier to increase your limit so you are using less than 20 - 30 percent of your available limit. I know from experience capital one likes it when you make multiple payments each month. They will increase your limit the more often you pay.

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Wrong.

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They report whenever they please.
America First Credit Union reports the balance on the end of the minth, the folloing month 1st-5th.
You should always call and ask, then doubble check on CK.

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They may be  reporting at the  beginning of the month sometimes because the last day of the  month is on a  weekend , but the time frame would still be roughly be 2-5 days after due date.  If your due date is the 30th but the 30th is a Saturday, it won't post until sometime on the 3rd - 5th.  Remember,  You still have to pay by the due date, weekends do not give you extra time.

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Cc companies are reporting my spending almost immediately, weeks before the due date...and now that I've paid them off (it's been over a week) they have not reported them as paid...ugh?

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Question about reporting balances

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I have a question about CCs reporting balances to credit bureaus. 

I noticed I had “balances/debt” that were affecting my credit score even though I pay off my cards in full.  I checked my credit report and figured that any new balance I have accumulated between the due date and closing statement of the card will be reported to the credit bureau.  (e.g.  I pay off my card in full on Oct 28th,  but the statement doesn’t close until Nov 4th or 5th or so.  I make new purchases on Oct 29th, the purchases go from pending to authorized charge by Nov 2nd/3rd, and these new charges get reported to the credit bureaus as a ‘balance’ on my card).

So I’ve recently changed all my credit card due dates to the 1st of the  month, so that the statement closing date will fall around the 5th or 6th (varies by credit card).  I’ve decided to use my CCs after the 6th and pay it off in full by the 1st, and try not to have any activity between the 1st and 5th/6th just so I don’t have a ‘balance’ being reported and messing up my score.  Is this method ok??  You mentioned that having a $0 balance being reported every month isn’t good, but I am actively using my card, I’m just using them outside of the report-to-credit-bureau period so that I don’t have a positive balance being reported.  If I follow this method, will the credit bureau still be able to see that I’m actively using my card, or should I leave one card with a $10 balance as you have stated above?

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I'm new to using a credit card but I read that you should always keep a small balance on at least one card on multiple websites. My husband and I are working to buy a home now and that's what our lender told us also.

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99% of credit card companies report to the 3 on your statement cut date.  If you are wanting to keep your score at it's highest possible, pay these before the cut date, but leave just one card with a low balance...like $10.  With every card posting zero, month after month, the FICO system sees this sort of as a fear of using your cards.  They like to see responsible use.

Right now, one of my positive FICO factors states "recent use of available credit".  Letting a balance of between 3 to 9% of TOTAL available credit, but only on one card seems to be the magic spot.  Several of us on the myFICO forums palyed with these 3's over a few months (we dicided to be the guinea pigs!)  and found those percentages to work in our best favor.

Hope this helped!  :0)

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I'm sorry, will you please define "cut date" for me? Do you mean the day the billing cycle ends, the day the invoice is issued, the day it's due, or what? Thanks! I PIF every month, sometimes more frequently. Is there any advantage to paying more than once a month?

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For those that don't know what is meant by statement cut date.

They mean the last statement balance, which is the total charges at the end of the billing cycle.  If you pay this in total, you will incur no interest charge but the last statement balance will be reported to the credit bureaus.

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baygiant11...It is always a pleasure to spread the information I've learned over the years.  My #1 source of information has come from the community forums on the myFICO website.  There is no such thing as a dumb question, everyone there is so helpful and they have some extremely smart moderators.  Even if someone posts misinformation, they are not bashed, but gently guided to the correct info.

Those folks ROCK!

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OOPS!  typo up there....we played with those %'s over a few months.  sorry!  hehe

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Thanks, Bungalow! I didn't ask this question but found it to be quite useful.

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Very helpful!

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Close account

I have two credit cards. One of them has a very high interest rate and this company was based out of the Philippines. So I kept having trouble speaking to them so I just paid off the balance and close the account. Will that hurt my credit score or help it because I close the account?

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