[T]he U.S. government also offers a little-noticed incentive for those who do pay: If you pay a ransom, it may be tax deductible.
The Internal Revenue Sservice offers no formal guidance on ransomware payments, but multiple tax experts interviewed by the Associated Press said deductions of ransomeware payments as a cost of doing business are usually allowed under law and established guidance. Some called it a “silver lining” for ransomware victims.
There are limits to the deduction. If the loss to the company is covered by cyber insurance — something that also is becoming more common — the company can’t take a deduction for the payment that’s made by the insurer.Extorted by ransomware gangs? The payments may be tax-deductible (CBSNews.com)