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Goodwill - Amortizable Basis

The cost of business intangibles such as Goodwill, covenants not to compete amounts, trademarks are amortized over a 15 year period. Most intangible assets are expected to benefit more than one year, so their cost is a capital expenditure under Internal Revenue Code section 167 (depreciation), the primary authority for deducting intangibles

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