The federal government tabluates household income as income from single couples in single households and income from married couples in married households. Why is it that credit card apps do not do the same. I've gotten mixed advice from CSR when calling to apply for credit over the phone; some have stated that spouse's income counts in stating your household income, but others say that it is only personal income (and household counts as any alimony, etc that is received personally, NOT spouse's income). For those getting FR from Amex, any idea which way Amex goes (spouse's income counts or does not count in HHI)?
On my BofA CLI requests (can't remember on original apps), it asks for my salary. There is another blank for "other income" which includes alimony, child support, etc. Then there is a blank for "household income" - I add my husband's income into that...
When I applied for Kay Jewelers, I noticed the online app said "Household Income," so that's what I put. Apparently there was a technical glitch when I submitted my app, and it didn't go through, so I called to see if they had an app pending for me and find out whether I should reapply or if they actually got it. Turned out they didn't get it, but the rep convinced me to just apply over the phone with her. When we got to the same question, she asked me my salary, not household income. Remembering what the online app said, I asked her, "Are you asking for my household income?" to which she replied, "No, just your salary."
Bottom line, approved for $1500, but I'm sure I could have gotten more if I had been able to use HHI instead.
---------------------------- App free since 7/11/08. TU 744 / EX 710 / EQ 694 (Starting to slip. )
So, if my fiance and I live together and split all bills, is her salary considered part of my "household" income? Or do we have to be married? Or, do I just tack hers on there and only worry about it if there is a FR (and then play dumb)?