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Write-Off

A reduction in an individual's or a company's income as the result of an expense. For example, an unpayable credit sale may be a write-off for the creditor, especially if the debtor declares bankruptcy. The bankruptcy means that the debtor is unable to pay the debt, which results in a loss of income for the creditor. A write-off may usually be deducted from one's taxable income.

writeoff

A reduction to zero in the value of an asset carried on a firm's financial statement. Companies often hesitate to make writeoffs because profits reported to stockholders are reduced.
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The improvement in Alabama bingo revenue and income is a welcome addition but it is offset by the writeoff of bad debt associated primarily with Texas bingo halls.
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Excluding the noncash charges for goodwill impairment and debt cost writeoff, and the effect of divested units not included in discontinued operations, net income from ongoing operations was $2,126,000 or $0.
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Later that day, while reviewing the analytical procedures, I noticed that the accounts receivable writeoff percentages at the branch location were much higher than those of the main store.
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Although CATIC's operating revenue in 2002 was solid due to a favorable residential real estate market climate and continued low interest rates, operating income was depressed by the escrow discrepancy writeoff.
Depending on grouping, unrealized gains of some assets could offset unrealized losses of others, resulting in no required writeoff.
The Company's gross margin for the quarter was 66%, compared to 57% for the second quarter of 2001 (excluding writeoffs as detailed in the Company's 2001 reports).
The Task Force also reached a consensus that a writeoff of a preexisting deferred tax asset that an entity can no longer realize as a result of a transaction among or with its shareholders similarly should be charged to the income statement.
s vice president and controller said the charge is to provide for the writeoff of goodwill capitalized as a result of the merger of VCS Industries, Inc.
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