Recognized Loss

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Recognized Loss

In accounting, the sale of an investment or asset for less than the purchase price. Individuals and companies may use recognized losses to offset taxable income from other gains. For example, if a company has $5,000 in capital gains in a given year and $2,500 in recognized losses, its taxable income on the capital gains is only $2,500. Recognized losses can also be applied to future years. For example, if a company has no taxable income in a given year, recognized losses may offset taxes on profits for up to a certain number of years. See also: Future income taxes.
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The industry reported a significant decline in statutory earnings and modest realized capital losses that affected net income during the first quarter, despite an overall increase in revenue, the report said.
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Fitch estimates that realized capital losses were $3 billion in 2003, down significantly from $12 billion in 2002.