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Charging an asset amount to expense or loss, such as through the use of depreciation and amortization of assets.
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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.
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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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Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), now 70 per cent state-owned, fell to a slim January-March loss after bad debts quadrupled to GBP2.9 billion ($4.4 billion) and it took a GBP2.1 billion writedown on risky assets.
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Dougan said it is "hard to predict" if Credit Suisse will require further writedowns.
It is believed that the bank may announce further writedowns of about USD17bn in the first quarter.
First quarter net income plummeted to $106 million, as the company incurred onetime items totaling $280.4 million on a pretax basis, primarily consisting of $190.9 million in writedowns of impaired assets.
British electricity utility National Power Plc has announced major charges and asset writedowns in the face of a fierce competitive environment, and scheduled its planned demerger for 2 October.
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