un·​col·​lect·​ible | \ ˌən-kə-ˈlek-tə-bəl How to pronounce uncollectible (audio) \

Definition of uncollectible

: not capable of or suitable for being collected : not collectible uncollectible loans/debt Once deemed uncollectible because it can be easily reproduced, the photograph is now as common to the auction halls as a still life.— Douglas Davis

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Recent Examples on the Web That would add up to $3 million over that time span, along with a roughly $380,000 settlement to the schools on $2.5 million in delinquent taxes now deemed uncollectible on the foreclosed property. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights-University Heights school board gives blessing -- and TIF -- to University Square redevelopment," 10 Dec. 2019 In fiscal year 2019, the state determined about $90 million in debt was uncollectible, across all agencies. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "So why can’t MN DHS collect that $1 mil embezzled a decade ago?," 27 Nov. 2019 That is because uncollectible debt is a fact of life for the industry. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Why It Is Harder to Diagnose Hospital Stocks," 28 May 2018 But changing trends in retail toward local presence for faster delivery have resulted in the vast majority of large out-of-state online businesses now collecting those previously uncollectible taxes. Chris Cox, WSJ, "Sales Tax Revenue Isn’t Collapsing," 19 Apr. 2018 Might be a collections rep for IRS The IRS likely would have given these taxpayers hardship status and classified their debts as currently uncollectible if the tax agency had handled the accounts itself, Olson wrote. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "IRS private debt-collection program hurts low-income Americans," 10 Jan. 2018 Debt that is at least six years old — about $304.3 million of the $634 million total — would be deemed uncollectible and forgiven. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan House votes to end hated driver responsibility fees; Senate version disagrees," 2 Nov. 2017

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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25 Dec 2019

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“Uncollectible.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncollectible. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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