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Is There Ever A Right Time To Write Off Bad Debts?

This question has been posed to me many a time from SME’s and key decision makers. This should be guided by your Accountant, but realistically it really depends on your business circumstances. Many examples spring to mind regarding an ‘ideal time’ for a Bad Debt Write Off, here are just three of my experiences while working in this field: The Pub Owner Debtor: Pub Owner based in East Anglia, who ran a string of 3/4 pubs Debt Balance outstanding £60,000 Around mid 2008, a file of £60k landed on my desk, where £90k had been lent to this one PG.
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