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Reducing the book value of an asset if its is overstated compared to current market values.


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.


(1) To reduce the value of an asset on the books and records of a company because of a decrease in value of that asset. Because of the mechanics of double-entry bookkeeping, writing down an asset has the consequence of reducing income for that time period. The timing of write-downs is therefore critical because of the impact on taxable income, earnings reported to shareholders, asset value, earnings reported to lenders, and other instances. Large companies will often write down assets in a quarter that is already disappointing, in an attempt to get all the bad news over with at the same time.(2) A lender's agreement to accept less than the full principal balance of a loan, usually in recognition of the fact that it won't collect the full balance anyway.

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This, in turn, can trigger write-downs, and enough write-downs can create problems with creditors.
But Thain said he could not promise the company will avoid further write-downs on subprime mortgage-related positions.
Prince handed in his resignation amid the huge write-downs and ongoing management and investor frustration with his management and the company's long-stagnant stock price.
Gemstar's shares have fallen sharply since March 18, when it announced after trading had ended for the day the sudden departure of its co-president Peter Boylan and the $5 billion write-down.
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Further, the Code grants the Service much discretion in determining whether the taxpayer's accounting method clearly reflects income,(20) which serves as another limitation to an inventory write-down.
Components of the resersal may include an estimated loss from operations during the phaseout period, any write-down to net realizable value and estimated costs of disposal.
3 million in write-downs of its Permian Basin oil properties.
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The information in this news release contains forward-looking statements, including the statements that NOVA Chemicals will take a non-cash asset write-down of approximately U.
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