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The Texas Tribune-ProPublica Investigative Unit

Coronavirus put her out of work, then debt collectors froze her savings account

Kim Boatswain's tax refund could have helped her get through the coronavirus slowdown. But debt collectors seized it. There are few options for Texans like Boatswain whose money was taken just before the state temporarily banned such garnishments.

Credit card debt illustration.

Strong protections. Yet consumers remain vulnerable.

Tracking debt collection in Texas

A patchwork of policies

“Not the time to be doing that”

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