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Fact: Fact: While paying off a collection account is a responsible thing to do, it will not help boost your credit score in most situations. Most account information stays on your credit report for up to seven years. Certain bankruptcies stay on for up to ten years. That means that any account you held in the past seven years —open or closed, up-to-date or delinquent— will be listed on your credit report. The light at the end of the tunnel? Once negative records expire from your credit report after 7-10 years, your credit scores should improve significantly.