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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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"Obviously our organization would be hurt if that (tax write-offs) is the only reason why people give," she said.
Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to rescind tax write-offs for illegal corporate behavior.
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James Dobson, the right,wing leader of Focus on the Family, in his book Children at Risk, promotes the idea of a "civil war" and says, "Bloody battles are being fought on a thousand fronts both inside and outside the government." The funding for this war comes largely from private foundations started by wealthy families and from corporations able to get tax write-offs for their contributions.
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