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rule in

To decide definitively that something will or can possibly happen. (Used especially—and somewhat redundantly—in the phrase "not ruled in or ruled out.") Look, nothing has been ruled in or ruled out at this stage, so we just have to wait until the doctors have more information to work with. We'll neither rule in nor rule out the possibility of a shakeup in management if this branch's profits continue to fall.
See also: rule

rule OK

To be the best; to be the most dominant or in control; to be the most favoured or supported by the public. (Used originally in relation to football clubs or local gangs in graffiti writing.) Primarily heard in UK. Someone had come with a can of black spray paint and crossed out the big "Leeds Rules OK" that was painted on the side of the school. But in this part of the country, the conservatives rule OK with almost no opposition.
See also: OK, rule

rule with a rod of iron

To rule, govern, or control a group or population with complete power over all aspects of life, work, etc. He rules with a rod of iron, and moves swiftly to gain control over any entity that is not already in his grasp. She has ruled this company with a rod of iron for three decades, and it's going to be difficult for her to let go of control.
See also: iron, of, rod, rule

divide and rule

To gain or maintain power by encouraging tension among underlings so that they cannot unite in opposition. Rachel is so popular because she divides and rules all of her minions and makes sure they all dislike each other.
See also: and, divide, rule

divide and rule (or conquer)

the policy of maintaining supremacy over your opponents by encouraging dissent between them, thereby preventing them from uniting against you.
This is a maxim associated with a number of rulers, and is found in Latin as divide et impera and in German as entzwei und gebiete . Since the early 17th century, English writers have often wrongly attributed it to the Italian political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli ( 1469–1527 ).
See also: and, divide, rule

diˌvide and ˈrule

keep control over people by making them disagree with and fight each other, therefore not giving them the chance to unite and oppose you together: a policy of divide and rule
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Another installment sales planning opportunity was illustrated in Letter Ruling 200603017.
2) immediate review of the ruling may materially advance the ultimate termination of the proceeding;
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The IRS concluded that the business was a corporation for income tax purposes, even though its status was terminated by the state; thus, it would treat the company's S election as timely if filed within 60 days of the ruling.
Requests that are not withdrawn will be processed in accordance with applicable procedures governing tentatively adverse rulings.
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In a letter ruling, (10) an S corporation transferred stock to two individuals.
According to the Tax Court, a revenue ruling represents the Commissioner's position with respect to a specific factual situation and is merely the opinion of a lawyer in the agency.
For example, assume X and Y apply for and receive a private letter ruling allowing them to enter into a tax-free reorganization to form a parent-subsidiary group.
The Institute explains that the Correll case actually involved a regulation, although the presence of an earlier revenue ruling is noted in a footnote in the decision to demonstrate its longstanding nature.
A taxpayer taking a position that is contrary to a revenue ruling, however, has not disregarded the ruling if the position has a realistic possibility of being sustained on its merits.
2003-43, (44) which grants S corporations a 24-month extension to file Form 2553 without obtaining a letter ruling and, thus, allows them to avoid user and professional fees.
Two days before Christmas, the Internal Revenue Service issued a ruling on the treatment of training expenses.