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Revenue rulings and revenue procedures           and B, the prior ruling is modified because      of a prior ruling, a combination of terms
(hereinafter referred to as “rulings”) that      it corrects a published position. (Compare       is used. For example, modified and su-
have an effect on previous rulings use the       with amplified and clarified, above).            perseded describes a situation where the
following defined terms to describe the ef-          Obsoleted describes a previously pub-        substance of a previously published ruling
fect:                                            lished ruling that is not considered deter-      is being changed in part and is continued
    Amplified describes a situation where        minative with respect to future transac-         without change in part and it is desired to
no change is being made in a prior pub-          tions. This term is most commonly used in        restate the valid portion of the previously
lished position, but the prior position is be-   a ruling that lists previously published rul-    published ruling in a new ruling that is self
ing extended to apply to a variation of the      ings that are obsoleted because of changes       contained. In this case, the previously pub-
fact situation set forth therein. Thus, if       in laws or regulations. A ruling may also        lished ruling is first modified and then, as
an earlier ruling held that a principle ap-      be obsoleted because the substance has           modified, is superseded.
plied to A, and the new ruling holds that the    been included in regulations subsequently            Supplemented is used in situations in
same principle also applies to B, the earlier    adopted.                                         which a list, such as a list of the names of
ruling is amplified. (Compare with modi-             Revoked describes situations where the       countries, is published in a ruling and that
fied, below).                                    position in the previously published ruling      list is expanded by adding further names in
    Clarified is used in those instances         is not correct and the correct position is       subsequent rulings. After the original rul-
where the language in a prior ruling is be-      being stated in a new ruling.                    ing has been supplemented several times, a
ing made clear because the language has              Superseded describes a situation where       new ruling may be published that includes
caused, or may cause, some confusion.            the new ruling does nothing more than re-        the list in the original ruling and the ad-
It is not used where a position in a prior       state the substance and situation of a previ-    ditions, and supersedes all prior rulings in
ruling is being changed.                         ously published ruling (or rulings). Thus,       the series.
    Distinguished describes a situation          the term is used to republish under the              Suspended is used in rare situations to
where a ruling mentions a previously pub-        1986 Code and regulations the same po-           show that the previous published rulings
lished ruling and points out an essential        sition published under the 1939 Code and         will not be applied pending some future
difference between them.                         regulations. The term is also used when          action such as the issuance of new or
    Modified is used where the substance         it is desired to republish in a single rul-      amended regulations, the outcome of cases
of a previously published position is being      ing a series of situations, names, etc., that    in litigation, or the outcome of a Service
changed. Thus, if a prior
				
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