Help for the Public - Credit Counseling Resources

Agency Resource  Description
IRS  Tax Exempt Organization Search  An online tool to help individuals determine if an organization is recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3)
IRS Fact Sheet 2003-17 IRS Takes Steps to Ensure Credit Counseling Organizations Comply with Requirements for Tax-Exempt Status
Joint IR-2003-120

IRS, FTC and State Regulators Urge Care When Seeking Help from Credit Counseling Organizations (joint news release)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Before You File for Personal Bankruptcy  Information about credit counseling and debtor education
United States Trustee Program, Department of Justice (USTP) Credit Counseling and Debtor Education  Information for individuals seeking credit counseling, including a listing of agencies approved to provide pre-bankruptcy counseling (by judicial district)
USTP Frequently Asked Questions - Credit Counseling  USTP frequently asked questions about pre-bankruptcy credit counseling
USTP Census Bureau, IRS Data and Administrative Expenses Explanation of, and resources to help with, new requirements imposing a means test upon some individuals seeking bankruptcy protection, with links to data needed to complete official bankruptcy forms