Off the Books


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Off the Books

A payment for which no record is kept. Off the books payments may simply result from poor record keeping. However, the term connotes illegal or unethical payments. For example, a bribe may be kept off the books.
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Now a sociologist at Columbia University, Venkatesh spent over a decade immersed in a 10-block neighborhood he calls Maquis Park (a pseudonym) before producing Off the Books.
Having questioned people familiar with the deal and conducted investigations, taxation officials concluded that the 300 million yen was passed on to Ebara and the company kept it off the books, the sources said.
Jumper explained that the funding for those positions has already been reduced, but "we have failed to take the people away, or take those slots off the books.
They took homosexuality off the books and replaced it with GID," she says, "because gay men and women started to stand up for their rights as human beings.
Linfield striker Paul Millar was suffering a heavy dose of the blues last night after his attempt to have a booking wiped off the books by the IFA's Disciplinary Committee.
Both Conrad and Brimmer agree, noting that the situation could regress back to where things stood in the 1960s, when there were no real restrictions on how states handled welfare and blacks were routinely kept off the books.
The choice isn't gening a bad law off the books or stopping hunger.
Ultimately, in July, 1987, FDA issued a proposal to wipe the inoperative regulation off the books.
E[acute accent]--Returned and refurbished inventory is moved out of the warehouse and off the books in days, not weeks or months
THE firm responsible for signing off the books of collapsed tour operator XL Leisure was yesterday facing an investigation.
Shedding the contract of Beckett -- a desired commodity -- figured to be no problem, but getting Lowell off the books was going to be a bigger challenge.
Judging by Manhattan's lodging market, the law of supply and demand also seems to have been written off the books.