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Noncompete covenant connected with any stock acquisition is Sec. 197 intangible

The First Court of Appeals in Recovery Group, Inc., (CA 1 7/26/2011) 108 AFTR 2d ¶ 2011-5114, confirmed the Tax Court when it determined that a covenant not to compete, entered into in connection with the acquisition of a portion of the stock of a corporation that is engaged in a trade or business, is considered a “section 197 intangible,” within the meaning of I.R.C. § 197(d)(1)(E), regardless of whether the portion of stock acquired constitutes at least a “substantial portion” of such corporation’s total stock.

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