How Long Does Insolvency Stay on the Credit file?

by Parshant Sharma Insolvency Professional

To begin with, the basics, let us land on the same page concerning the definition of the word –‘insolvency’.


Insolvency is a situation when someone (an individual or a company) cannot pay what they owe on time; alternatively, the value of their assets is less than the money that they owe. 

Insolvency Act 1986 sets a number of formal legal processes for people and companies if they are insolvent. This does not imply that everyone who has a debt problem will end up needing a structured solution. 

For every business venture to grow and prosper, it is essential to make smart decisions and implement intelligent practices. One of the most critical tools for this is the credit file. Even if you are in the nascent stages of your firm—or you already have funds from investors to work with— at some point in the lifecycle of your business, it will surely help to have built up a positive business credit rating.


A credit file is a track record of a business’s financial responsibility that investors, companies, or financial institutions use to determine whether or not that business is an excellent candidate to do business with or to lend money to. Many agencies calculate the credit score, and each agency has a different calculation method. Typically it is a ranking from 0 to 100; the higher the number, the lower your calculated risk. Hence, to maintain a score of 80 or higher is a good rule of thumb.

A competent business credit score can enable you to acquire financing easily, increase the value of your company, and protect your personal credit. Moreover, anyone can view your business credit score—it’s not confidential. 

Hence, it’s crucial to establish business credit from the start to receive better interest rates, loan terms, and negotiation on payment periods with suppliers.


Contrary to the belief of some people, Insolvency is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card. When Insolvency  is declared, the entry remains reported for six years on the Credit File. It will continue to pose a significant barrier to the chances of getting credit – even after the Insolvency is discharged. All types of Insolvency will have a dramatic impact on the ability to take out credit. Moreover, it is highly probable that your Credit Score will decline for as long as they appear on your Credit Report.      

Each form of Insolvency lasts for different periods and are likely to differ in how long they will affect  the ability to take out credit. Protected trust deeds can be completed as early as three years, whereas Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) are usually completed within five years after the date of Insolvency. In both cases, repayments are generally made for the same length of time, i.e., the time until completion. Both the agreements are legally binding, which implies that defaulting on a protected trust deed or an IVA can lead to the creditors petitioning for bankruptcy.

Both Sequestrations and Bankruptcies and can be discharged after a year from the date of Insolvency. Following this, a copy of a discharge certificate is issued by the court and can be sent to each creditor included in the order of bankruptcy. Generally, this implies that the relevant credit agreements will be marked as satisfied (or partially satisfied) along with the Insolvency’s entry as discharged.

Despite the differences between each type of Insolvency, they all are reported in the same way to the Credit Reference Agencies. Each type of Insolvency is indicated for six years from the reported date and are marked as discharged once the completion requirements have been met. However, when applying for credit after an insolvency, the amount of time after the Insolvency has been completed will make a massive difference to the lenders.

MISCONCEPTION- The accounts included in the order are removed once the insolvency’s expiry date has been reached. 

TRUTH- Once an account has been included in Insolvency, lenders mark the accounts as defaulted. However, there can be some variation when the lenders report the default status. Moreover, defaulted accounts are reported for six years from the date of default so that there can be a delay in the accounts dropping off a credit, even when the Insolvency included is no longer visible on the file.

When Insolvency is discharged, it only indicates that the repayments are no longer ongoing. Employees, landlords, and lenders would still be cautious of accepting the application as the Insolvency can still be considered as evidence of past unreliability keeping up with payments.

To manage all these tasks and to monitor all the ratings simultaneously is a very tedious job. Moreover, with the pressure of the creditors, there is a high probability of missing something out. This is where Solvemint comes into the picture. Solvemint is among the best corporate insolvency resolution software that lets you manage all the stakeholders, assets, and office locations using a simple web-based interface. 

Solvemint provides an Online Software for Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) Management for Insolvency Professionals & Resolution Professionals in India and manages insolvency issues through - Stakeholder Management, Claims and EOI Management, and Status Page, Reporting & Analytics. It comprises a complete suite of software to ease out the process of CIRP.

A great many new undertakings and approaches have helped to reduce insolvency complexities. Several essential tools are used during the IVA process to provide advice and services. The use of insolvency software is vital to begin the insolvency process and to support debtors. A user-friendly interface and features like automatic reporting help you to reduce your workload significantly. Some main features of this insolvency or bankruptcy software are as follows:

  • Evaluates the best debt solution

  • Insolvency and bankruptcy code compliant

  • Collect payments and redistributes to creditors

  • Tracks all incoming and outgoing finances

  • User-friendly and completely secure

  • Automated emails and texts

  • Integration with apps and services

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About Parshant Sharma Junior   Insolvency Professional

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