If you are concerned how long any negative information will remain on your credit report, it takes seven years from the Date of the Last Activity (DLA) before the item is deleted from your records (and seven to 10 years for bankruptcies). This is a very common question posed to credit reporting agencies.
Credit reporting agencies get your information (bad or good) from lenders and collection agencies. The reporting agencies simply compile the information that comes to them.
The credit report may contain not-so-appealing information about a dispute that you were involved in that did not see a resolution. For no fee, you can file a statement with the credit reporting agency, summarizing the situation in a brief fashion. At any rate, you can make a request for the dispute information to be removed from your record, and there is no fee or required timeline for this.
These stick around for seven years out from the first past-due date for the payment.
From the date filed, it's seven years.
These will stay on your record up to a decade from the DLA. If you fail to pay, it will be on your record for seven years from the first past-due date. So you're looking at seven years for records of delinquent payments.
When entities like businesses get a copy of your credit file, this inquiry report stays on the record for one or two years. Another type of inquiry relates to promotional offers of credit lines; they're gone in a year. Inquiries do not affect your credit score.
Tax Liens (Paid and Unpaid)
From the date these are paid, it's seven years. However, unpaid ones are on the record forever.