SQL Server 2008 - Improve Select Statement

Is there anyway to make the below SQL faster?  When I run it it takes over a minute to return results.

Select DISTINCT top 1000
	cmp.cmpname,
	ins.first, ins.last, bp.Amount,
	ccc.amount, ccc.authorization, ccc.transaction, 
	ben.description,
	ccc.updateDT
from creditCardCharge ccc
INNER JOIN insured ins ON ccc.empid = ins.empid
INNER JOIN employee emp ON ccc.empid = emp.empid
INNER JOIN company cmp ON emp.cmpid = cmp.cmpid
INNER JOIN insuredBenefit ib ON ccc.empid = ib.empid
INNER JOIN benefitPayment bp ON ib.ibid = bp.ibid
INNER JOIN benefitPaymentBatch bpb ON bp.bpbid = bpb.bpbid
INNER JOIN benefitCoverage bc ON ib.bcid = bc.bcid 
INNER JOIN benefit ben ON bc.benid = ben.benid
ORDER BY ccc.cccupdateDT DESC

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John_VidmarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try to reduce how many tables are in your query, i.e., is benefitPaymentBatch needed?

Introduce a where-clause (ccc.cccupdateDT would make sense).

Ensure indexes exist on joined fields.

Update statistics so indexes are used.

Is there a data purge strategy?   Some tables can get huge.
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Paul_Harris_FusionConnect With a Mentor Commented:
As John says,  benefitPaymentBatch appears to play no part in the query.

I accept you may need it,  but for diagnostics,  try removing the order by clause.
If it speeds things up,  indexing the creditCardCharge UpdateDT column might help.
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