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Cancelling your individual voluntary arrangement

This advice applies to Northern Ireland

You don't have to cancel the Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) if you're struggling to pay. Talk to your insolvency practitioner straight away - they might be able to change your regular payments.

If you still want to cancel your IVA, you can - but you'll still have to deal with your debts, and you could be made bankrupt.

How to cancel your IVA

Write to or email your insolvency practitioner and ask to cancel your IVA. When the IVA is cancelled, your insolvency practitioner will fail the IVA - this means the IVA hasn't worked and will end.

What happens after your IVA fails

Your insolvency practitioner will send you a notice of termination.
You'll still have to:

  • make arrangements with your creditors to sort out your left over debts
  • pay your insolvency practitioner fees - if you haven't already

Act quickly to sort out your remaining debts - your creditors might start charging interest on your debts and you could be made bankrupt by the insolvency practitioner or your creditors.

Check what your options are when your IVA fails.

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