A published decision by the
IRS, printed in the Internal Revenue Bulletin, dictating how the federal tax
code applies to a particular situation. Unlike private
rulings, taxpayers may rely upon revenue rulings to calculate the tax
consequences for them in similar situations.
An IRS determination of tax consequences of a certain
transaction issued to and at the request of a private taxpayer only, and may
not be relied upon by taxpayers at large.
An official IRS statement spelling out the administrative
practices used by the IRS. For example, methods for obtaining a private ruling
are often spelled out. Abbreviated