Expense Category

What expense category is a computer?

There is no definitive answer to this question as the expense category for a computer will depend on the business and how the computer is used. However, some common expense categories for computers include:

Office Equipment

If the computer is used for general office work such as word processing, email and internet browsing, then it is likely to fall under the office equipment expense category. This is usually a broad category that also includes items such as printers and scanners.

Information Technology

If the computer is used for more specific tasks such as website design, software development or database management, then it is likely to fall under the information technology expense category. This category usually includes costs for hardware, software and IT support.


If the computer is used primarily for marketing activities such as social media, email marketing or creating marketing materials, then it is likely to fall under the marketing expense category. This category can also include costs for advertising and market research.


There are many other possible expense categories for computers, depending on the business and how the computer is used. Some other examples include inventory, shipping, customer service and accounting.

The information provided in this article does not constitute legal or financial advice and is for general informational purposes only. Please check with an attorney or financial advisor to obtain advice with respect to the content of this article.
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