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A debt that cannot be collected, which is written off as a loss against a lender's taxes. Debt must be charged off in three cases: if it is a certain number of days past due (120 days for a loan and 180 days for credit card debt), if the debt holder dies, or if the debt holder goes bankrupt.
A charged-off debt is not forgiven, though, and it stays on your credit report for 7 years. Lenders also generally sell charged-off debt to collection agencies who will attempt to recoup the debt through various means including lawsuit until its statute of limitations runs out, a time period that varies by state.