Do you have an "impossible" tax law problem?

Please feel free to ask any judge or lawyer you may know and trust if he or she would feel comfortable referring you to me. That is how most of my clients come to me.

Understanding the IRS

IRS personnel do not resolve cases favorably for taxpayers to be nice, or even because it is reasonable for them to do so. They only do so when they are forced to, out of their concern over the hazards of potential litigation against the taxpayer and his tax attorney.

With a unique combination of specialized tax law and litigation training and experience, I can provide the highest possible hazard of litigation against the IRS for my clients.

My training and experience:

  • AV (highest possible) peer-reviewed Martindale-Hubbell rating continously since 1985
  • Both a J.D. and an advanced law degree -- LL.M. (in Taxation) -- from NYU Law School, recognized as the nation's premiere training ground for tax attorneys
  • A former professor of tax law at Tulsa University Law School
  • Over 36 years of experience in complex tax law and litigation

For a more comprehensive look at my experience resolving IRS problems, please review my resume. What my resume will tell you is that I am a highly trained and experienced tax law problem specialist and a veteran trial and appellate litigator.

Areas of tax specialization:

IRS Appeals
IRS Penalty Abatement
Delinquent Tax Returns
Employment Tax Controversies
Offers In Compromise
Representation Of Clients Before All Federal Courts And The IRS
Innocent Spouse
Minimizing problems from "Cancellation of Debt" Income
Representing Taxpayers In Criminal Tax Investigations and Prosecutions
Serving As Special Tax Counsel (For Other Lawyers And Their Clients)


Why you need a specialized Oklahoma tax lawyer in an IRS dispute

Tax law is one of the most complicated fields of law. Taking one or two tax law classes in law school doesn't give an Oklahoma attorney the training or experience necessary to represent you effectively against the IRS. It would be like going to an obstetrician for brain surgery. They're both doctors, yes, but with very different specialties.

The stakes are too high to gamble on a lawyer without specialized tools, training and experience in tax law. If things go wrong, the business you've worked so hard to build could be shut down. You personally could even go to jail.

For serious tax problems, including large IRS debts, payroll and other employment tax problems, you need a tax attorney. Here are some tips for finding an Oklahoma tax attorney who can successfully go to bat for you against the IRS.

1) Specialized education

Look for an Oklahoma lawyer that specializes in tax law and graduated from a highly rated law school, such as NYU School of Law. A master's degree in tax law (LL.M. in Taxation) is preferable, but not required as long as the attorney has real training and experience in tax law.

Make sure they stay current in their field as well. Tax law in particular constantly changes, and you don't want your business to suffer with an attorney who's behind the times.

2) References count

If there is a lawyer or judge you trust, ask if they know someone who specializes in tax cases who they feel comfortable recommending to you. Peer-reviewed ratings, like Martindale-Hubbell, can also tell you exactly what other lawyers are saying about the tax lawyer you're interested in. Ask the Better Business Bureau about the Oklahoma tax lawyer as well.

3) Field experience

If you have a dangerous, potentially expensive, and/or complicated controversy with the IRS, you need an Oklahoma tax lawyer with extensive litigation experience. Unfortunately, very few have that. When someone's after you, you want a lawyer with real experience dealing with conflicts and proceedings.


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  • The Offices of Clifford N. Ribner, Tax Attorney, J.D., LL.M. (in Taxation)
  • Practice Limited to Taxation
  • (918) 582-9200
  • 320 So. Boston
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103



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