These days, most businesses have websites. But determining the proper tax treatment for the costs involved in developing a website can be difficult. The IRS hasn’t released formal guidance on when website costs can be deducted, so you must apply existing guidance that’s available on other costs to the issue of website development costs. The exact treatment of website design costs depends on whether they’re software or hardware and whether they’re part of a start-up business. If you hire third parties to set up and run your website, payments are currently deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Contact us if you have questions or want to plan for website costs.