USA Writing off a website acquired as an investment


Joined
Jan 15, 2021
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Country
United States
My company has acquired a couple websites for investment purposes. It has been determined that these are now worthless. Do these get written off as an intangible asset? Also would section 179 be applicable? Thanks for any guidance.
 
Ad

Advertisements

Joined
Dec 5, 2020
Messages
36
Reaction score
6
Country
United States
First, Section 179 depreciation deduction does not apply to intangible assets.

Second, presumably the websites were classified as Section 197 property and are therefore subjected to Section 167(g) loss limitation rules. Here's the takeaway:

The general rule is that you can write off worthless Section 197 property (in this case, the websites) for a 0 net effect (no gain/loss); essentially by disposing of it for its adjusted basis.

To claim a loss, you must write off ALL of your Section 197 property. This may include potential Goodwill or other intangibles, which may not impaired/worthless and thus could prevent you from the complete write-off of all Section 197 property, and associated loss. If the websites are the only Section 197 property you have on the books, then you can write it off for a loss. However, be ready to provide evidence as the IRS will likely disagree with you taking a loss and send you a notice.

Without access to your asset list, it's hard to be able to provide any further guidance.
Here's the IRC code section for your reference: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/26/1.197-2#g_1_i
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Similar Threads


Top