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Did You Claim Your Website As A Business Expense?

Claim your website as a business expenseSmall business who incur expenses creating or maintaining their business website may be able to claim some of the costs as a deduction in their tax return.

Capital expenditure

You may even be able to claim costs incurred before your business starts. This can be claimed over five years (20% of the cost per year) once the business begins.

Simplified depreciation rules

If you have chosen to use the simplified depreciation rules, you may immediately deduct the expense.

  • If you incurred the expense between 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2017 and the cost is:
    • less than $20,000 – you can claim a deduction for the full cost in the income year they incurred the expenditure
    • $20,000 or more – you can allocate the cost to a general small business pool
  • If you incurred the expense between 1 January 2014 and 12 May 2015 and the cost is:
    • less than $1,000 – you can claim a deduction for the full cost in the income year they incurred the expenditure
    • $1,000 or more – you allocate the cost to a general small business pool.

Non-capital expenditure

Small business clients can also claim a deduction for the ongoing expenses of running and maintaining their website, such as domain name registration and server-hosting. They can claim these in the income year they incurred the expense.

This information is general, please refer to your Accountant and the Taxation Office for deductions specific to your business. For more information please visit the Australian Taxation Office website

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