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Can my IVA Payments Increase

Can my IVA Payments Increase

Can my IVA Payments Increase

Whilst your monthly IVA payments are agreed at the start of the IVA, they are not necessarily fixed. They may increase if your circumstances change.

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Can IVA Payments Increase?

It is important you understand that the payments agreed at the start of your IVA are not necessarily fixed.  If there is an improvement in your financial circumstances, the payments could go up.

Rest assured, your creditors cannot simply decide they want you to pay more out of the blue. Once the Arrangement is agreed this amount is legally binding. However if your circumstances change for the better your IVA company must review the amount you are paying.

When you agree to an IVA, you are committing to pay back as much as you can towards your debt. If your payments increase your IVA will not normally be paid off early. Your creditors will simply get a greater percentage of their debt back.

You should not worry about increases in your IVA payments. This will only happen if you can afford to make the change.

What Happens if Your Income Goes Up?

If you have had an increase in your income you must inform your Insolvency Practitioner (IP). They will then review your disposable income.  If it has increased it is likely your ongoing monthly payments will also go up.

You will not have to pay all your extra income into your Arrangement. This would provide little incentive for someone to work hard and earn extra money. The IVA will usually take only 50% of the the extra disposable income you have as a result of the increase.

If the additional income incurs extra expenses these are also taken into account meaning the increase in disposable income may not be so large. For example a pay rise may involve additional working hours which result in extra child care costs.

One off extra payments such as a bonus or overtime are not treated the same way. You would always get to keep the first 10% of extra income in any month. However 50% of anything over this must be paid into the Arrangement.

Your IVA will only be paid off early if the increase in your payments results in you paying 100% of your original debt plus your IVA company fees plus interest of 8%.

Will your payments increase if your Living Expenses reduce?

Whilst you may not have an increase in your income, your IVA payment may still increase if your regular living expenses reduce for some reason. A good example of where this would happen is if you complete a car finance agreement during the arrangement.

Many IVAs are agreed on the fact that you know such a reduction in your expenses is coming. They are sometimes called ‘stepped IVAs’. They can be useful as they allow you to start the IVA with much lower contributions than would ordinarily be allowed.

If your living expenses reduce and you can afford to pay more into your IVA you must inform your insolvency practitioner (IP) of this straight away. They will expect you to increase your payments by 100% of the reduced expenditure.

Do not wait until your next annual review to tell your IVA company about an increase in your income or reduction in your living expenses. The change will be calculated from the date it happened and if you delay you will get into arrears with your new payments.

Could Your IVA Payments Go Down?

If your income falls or you have a material increase in your living expenses your disposable income may reduce. As such it may be possible for your IVA payments to be reduced. However this does not happen automatically. 

Your IP will review your new income and expenses budget and any change in your disposable income. If reducing your payments to this amount will still generate a sufficient to return to your creditors it may be allowed.

Where a reduction in your monthly payments is agreed you must expect to give something back to your creditors in return. Normally the length of your IVA will be increased by 12 months to compensate them.

If you lose your job during an IVA the outcome will really depend on how likely it is that you will be able to get more employment and when this will be. Whether you receive a redundancy payment can also have an impact.

Your IVA company is unlikely to allow a reduction in your payments simply because the general cost of living has increased. Only specific increases such as a change in child care or an increase in rent or mortgage payment are normally considered.

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    22 thoughts on “Can my IVA Payments Increase

    1. Karen says:

      We are currently undergoing our annual review and our IVA company is trying to more than double our payment even though we have not increased our pay. They say this is due to 2 of our children being non dependents now and should be covering all their own costs completely, ie paying for every single item of food, bills etc.

      We have explained one of them is unemployed and has been trying to find work so is unable to contribute yet but they are not accepting this. Another of our children is going to university and again they have said he needs to find employment to pay his own way. He is going to America for uni and cannot work and we will have to contribute towards his living.

      Can they force us to pay this huge increase when we do not have enough money to cover it. We literally will not be able to live. But all the IVA respond with is the non dependents must contribute.

      1. Hi Karen

        The attitude of your IVA company does seem to be harsh. Given the circumstances I would argue you should be able to continue supporting your children. However different IVA companies have different attitudes. Unfortunately it is down to them to decide how they are prepared to run your IVA and what is / is not acceptable in terms of expenses.

        The only options you have are:

        1. Agree an acceptable way forward with them
        2. Accept the demands and live with it
        3. Stop your IVA and do something else to deal with your debts.

    2. Leigh says:

      Hi, I’m 5 months into an Iva for £12,000 and have just had a change in circumstances if I have to pay the 50% of extra income, by the time my 5 year plan is finished I will have paid back over 30,000. Can they take this much from me?

      1. Hi Leigh

        The terms and conditions of your IVA will state that you can be asked to pay up to 100% of the original debt owed plus IVA company fees (likely to be £4k-£5k over 5 years) plus interest at 8% pa from the start date (likely to be around £5k on a £12k debt). As such you could end up paying back up to £22k if you stay in your IVA.

        This does not make sense as you would be repaying £10k more than you owed. In this scenario I would suggest that you stop your IVA and use a different solution to repay your debt – perhaps a debt management plan.

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