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Bad debt

A debt that is written off and deemed uncollectible.

Bad Debt

Debt from a credit sale that the creditor is unable to collect. Debt becomes bad debt when the creditor has made all reasonable efforts to collect the debt but has been unable to do so. Often, this occurs when the debtor declares bankruptcy or when pursuing collection attempts further will cost more than the debt itself. A company writes off bad debt as an expense, which reduces its taxable income. However, it also deprives the company of cash flow that is ultimately necessary to keep it in business.

bad debt

an accounting term for money owed to a company by customers or borrowers which is highly unlikely to be paid because, for example, a customer has become insolvent (see INSOLVENCY). Such bad debts are written off against the PROFITS of the trading period as a business cost. See CREDIT CONTROL, DEBTORS RATIO, DOUBTFUL DEBTS.

bad debt

an accounting term for money owed that is unlikely to be paid because, for example, a customer has become insolvent (see INSOLVENCY). Such bad debts are written off against the PROFITS of the trading period as a business cost. See CREDIT CONTROL.
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One bright spot is the fact that passports are not suspended if a payment arrangement is in place, whether by installment agreement, OIC, or uncollectible status.
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Finally, neither FMS nor OMB monitored or reported the extent to which federal agencies governmentwide were closing out all eligible uncollectible debts and reporting those amounts to IRS as income to debtors.
The historical dilution rate (uncollectible accounts as a percent of sales) and concentration (percentage value of receivables associated with one or a few customers relative to the total value of receivables) will impact advance rates.
According to Moody's Credit Card Credit Indexes at the end of 1999, the charge-off rate (which is the amount of bad loans written off as uncollectible, as an annualized percent of total credit card loans) in the fourth quarter of 1999 averaged 5.51 percent, down from 6.09 percent in the fourth quarter of 1998, and from 5.60 percent in the third quarter of 1999.
Defaults on effectively uncollectible foreign debt were a long tradition--until the past two decades.
After calculating or reviewing the allowance for uncollectible accounts, the auditors were given new information (from either a client source or an independent credit agency) and asked to reconsider their original decision.
Your credit report will show payments made on time as well as the bad news: late payments, repossessions, accounts turned over to a collection agency, amounts written off as uncollectible by creditors, judgments, liens and bankruptcy.
The partner also recognized other control weaknesses, including the low degree of management oversight of branch activity and the lack of independent approval before accounts were written off as uncollectible. SAS no.
That's why in the example above, Camp A will recognize $6,500 in contributions and Camp B will recognize $1,000 (less an allowance for uncollectible pledges and a discount factor for the time value of money.) If it seems complicated, it is!
* Provide prompt feedback to individual cashiers on uncollectible checks they accepted.
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