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If a company is developing software for internal use, when are the costs expensed?

Costs associated with preliminary project stage development (concept formulation of idea and alternatives, evaluating and final au the alternatives, and determining technology needs) are all expensed as research and development expenses. As soon as the software is ready for use, any future expenses are expensed directly to the income statement.

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