Having a good website can be the difference between staying in business or failure…Having an incredible website can be the difference in making significant profits rather than just keeping the doors open.
As such, we as business owners spend a lot of money purchasing, developing, modifying and updating our websites on a regular basis.
One may think that you simply put your website costs on a line item called “website expenses”, then file your tax return and forget about… regrettably it’s not that simple.
You may be surprised to learn that the IRS has still not yet issued formal guidance on when Internet website costs can be deducted.
Fortunately, established rules that apply to deducting business costs in general, and formal IRS guidance that applies to software costs in particular (the “software guidelines”), provide a taxpayer launching a business website with some guidance as to the proper treatment of the costs. Here are a few categories your website costs may fall within and a brief discussion of some relevant principles:
If you are running a non-profit organization, you may be considering building an Internet presence in order to maximize your organization's exposure.
Whether your organization is in education, human services or the arts, it will benefit greatly from utilizing the Internet.
We understand that creating a web presence for a non-profit has some unique challenges. This is because websites belonging to non-profits need to be accessed and updated by volunteers, who may not have any IT skills. A non-profit organization's website also needs to have the capacity to accept donations. One of the biggest problems relating to non-profits and web design is budget. Non-profits often require a technically brilliant website, but do not always have the funds to achieve it.
Ask our web design consultants about content management. Ideally, you want volunteers at your non-profit to be able to add fresh content to your website when needed. However, you want to avoid consultants who charge fees for enabling you to do this. If you plan to accept donations via your website, it is important you register with a reputable payment gateway. PayPal is a reputable gateway and your consultant can integrate it into your organization's website.
You should also ask your web design consultant to make your site visitor friendly. Talk to us for more information on web design for non-profits.