CRCs Might Now Ignore Certain Kinds of Data in Calculating Your Credit Score

As the CRCs roll out improvements under NCAP [National Consumer Assistance Plan], tax lien and public records data that historically was used to calculate consumers’ credit scores likely will be eliminated entirely or in part.

With those changes in mind, VantageScore 4.0:

– Distinguishes medical collections from other types of collection accounts, ignores medical collections less than six months old (to allow time for insurance-payment processing) and penalizes medical collections less than non-medical ones.

– Relies less on derogatory collections and public-records data to ensure that the model will not lose substantial predictive strength in the likely event that these records fail to meet enhanced data quality standards and are removed from consumer credit files under provisions of the NCAP program.