write off receivables

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by SFirst, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. SFirst New Member

    When you "write off" receivables, do you "cancel them" or do you "amortize them"?
    I am trying to find the right way for translating it into Italian.
  2. SweetSoulSister Senior Member

    American English
    When you "write off" something, it means that you don't pay taxes on it.
  3. Parergon Senior Member

    Italiano, Italia
    Garzanti suggests cancellare; (econ.) ammortizzare: to - off a debt, cancellare un debito ♦ v.intr. e avv. » to write away.

    However, following SweetSoulSister's advice it might be translated with "evadere". Does it suit your context?
  4. SweetSoulSister Senior Member

    American English
    I don't know about "evadere".
    "To write off" doesn't necessarily imply that you did something wrong. It is perfectly legal to write off many expenses. Interest on a loan, for example may be written off in some situations. This word "evadere" sounds like "evade" which implies that you illegally avoided taxes.
  5. Parergon Senior Member

    Italiano, Italia
    All right, so it is most likely "cancellare" or "estinguere".
  6. PAJAKI Senior Member

    italy, italian
    Svalutazione crediti.
  7. pescara Senior Member

    To write off receivables means to determine that you will not be able to collect them, to cancel them, to give them a value of zero in your financial statements.

    "Write-off" in the sense of a tax deduction does not apply in this context.
  8. TrentinaNE

    TrentinaNE Senior Member

    English (American)
    What is the verb form in Italian, PAJAKI? Per esempio, come si dice "We have to write off the X account"?

  9. Jana337

    Jana337 Senior Member

    I think "svalutare" is more similar to "write down" (i.e. reduce the value) than to "write off" (cancel).
  10. PAJAKI Senior Member

    italy, italian
    Dipende dal contesto. Generalmente, la voce di bilancio che in inglese appare come "write off receivables" è tradotta con "perdite su crediti" o nel caso le perdite siano solo presunte come "svalutazione crediti".
    In un discorso generale, riguardo a quello che chiedeva Elisabetta, si potrebbe dire "dobbiamo imputare a perdita il credito verso il Sig. X"
  11. pepitah Senior Member

    Ho trovato l'espressione a medical write-off. La frase completa è:
    "Do you know that Bill's a medical write-off?" riferita ad una persona che è in cura in ospedale. Vuol dire che questa persona non ha la possibilità di pagarsi le spese ospedaliere? O che ha una particolare esenzione?
  12. elfa

    elfa Senior Member

    Bath, England
    Without further context, I would say that someone who is 'a medical write-off' is someone who will either never get better or whom the medical services have 'written off' as being unable to be helped medically.

    In the same way, when you say your car is a 'write-off' (usually after an accident), it means it is damaged beyond repair and therefore the insurance company has 'written it off'.
  13. pepitah Senior Member

    Thanks elfa, I think you are right. In fact the person is totally unconscious. Thank you very much.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2010
  14. elfa

    elfa Senior Member

    Bath, England
  15. pepitah Senior Member

    Edited thanks...:)

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