This question is about a specific Seinfeld episode "The Package".
For those that are familiar with the show, Kramer breaks-up Jerry stereo package and sends it back to him with a insurance. That way he could claim that the USPS screwed it up and get the money for it. Once the package arrived, here's the dialogue:
Jerry: "What happened to my stereo? It's all smashed up."
Kramer: "That's right. Now it looks like it was broken during shipping and I
insured it for $400."
Jerry: "But you were supposed to get me a refund."
Kramer: "You can't get a refund. Your warranty expired two years ago."
Jerry: "So were going to make the Post Office pay for my new stereo?"
Kramer: "It's just a write off for them."
Jerry: "How is it a write off?"
Kramer: "They just write it off."
Jerry : Write it off what?"
Kramer: "Jerry all these big companies they write off everything."
Jerry: "You don't even know what a write off is."
Kramer: "Do you?"
Jerry: "No. I don't."
Kramer: "But they do and they are the ones writing it off."
Jerry: "I wish I just had the last twenty seconds of my life back."
Anyway. I don't watch the show with subtitles. I'm from Brazil and I get it pretty well except for this particular term "Write Off". Once I saw it with subtitles just to see what they translated it to and - basically - they translated "Write Off" as an obligation, something people have the right to claim from USPS. I'm not convinced.
Can you help me out on this one?
Thanks so far.
PS: Dialogue taken from Seinfeld Scripts