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Charging an asset amount to expense or loss, such as through the use of depreciation and amortization of assets.


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.


To take an asset entirely off the books because it no longer has any value.If an accrualbasis taxpayer has taken money into income when bills were sent out to customers,but then some of the bills became uncollectible, the taxpayer may write off the uncollectible ones as a deduction against income. Financial institutions are required to write off loans when they become delinquent by a certain amount.

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However the profits were flattered by the inclusion of large goodwill writedowns in the comparable period in 2001.
Sodexho said it would miss its goal of 2001-02 net profit after goodwill writedowns of pounds 133 million.
But the results came in below analyst estimates amid a sharp drop in profitability at the company's information technology arm and hefty goodwill writedowns.
4 billion loss for 2001, also due to goodwill writedowns.
4 million before tax and goodwill writedowns of pounds 69.
But, after goodwill writedowns and amortisation, profits were slightly down at pounds 11.
Mr Hartnall's comments came as the company reported pre-tax profits, before goodwill writedowns and exceptionals, of pounds 87 million in the six months to June 30, below last year's pounds 92 million.