Charge Off

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Definition: Charge Off

Charge Off

Full Definition of Charge Off

Accounts receivable that will likely remain uncollectable and will be written off. Charge offs appear as an expense on the company’s income statement, thus reducing net income. In general, companies make an estimate of charge off expenses that might be incurred in the current time period based on past records as part of the process of estimating earnings. Most companies make a charge off allowance since it is unlikely that all of their creditors will pay them in full. also called bad debt.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Charge Off are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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