Are Website Costs Tax Deductible?

Allan Madan, CA
 May 26, 2015

E commerce has taken the business world by storm. It is evident that creating a website is an ingredient to building a successful business. Learn how building your small business website can reduce your taxes.


Are Website Costs Tax Deductible?

It is no secret that eCommerce has become the norm. That is why it is really important for business owners to set up and maintain a functional website. While this could be costly, the cost of setting up and maintaining a website can reduce your taxes. However, it is important to distinguish between capital expenses and current expenses.

Capital expenses are those that have a lasting benefit, and are incurred for the initial development in the set up of a website. This would include hardware and the cost paid to the web developer. Capital Cost Allowance or depreciation is claimed on hardware at an annualized rate of 55%. Whereas web development costs are amortized or depreciated over a 2 year period evenly.
website costs tax deductibleCurrent expenses are those costs associated with the maintenance and functionality of your website. These costs include hosting fees, domain fees, updating content, and minor software updates. Unlike capital expenses, current expenses are tax deductible in the year they are incurred.

So, you may be wondering how these costs captured on a T2 corporate tax return? Well, recurring expenses, also known as, current expenses, are reported on GIFI form G125 of the T2 corporate tax return. However, costs for acquiring the hardware and building the website are reported on schedule 8 of the T2 tax return. Learn more about how to prepare a GIFI for the T2 Corporate Tax Return.

So here’s the tip!

Are website costs tax deductibles? Yes, as long as you remember to separate your current expenses from your capital expenses as they both have different treatments on your taxes.
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The information provided on this page is intended to provide general information. The information does not take into account your personal situation and is not intended to be used without consultation from accounting and financial professionals. Allan Madan and Madan Chartered Accountant will not be held liable for any problems that arise from the usage of the information provided on this page.

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