The Offices of Clifford N. Ribner, Tax Attorney, J.D., LL.M. (in Taxation)
Practice Limited to Taxation
Clients throughout Oklahoma – and the Entire USA.
320 So. Boston Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
Tax Law Services Provided
- IRS Appeals — You can appeal any action or position taken by IRS Revenue Agents or Revenue Officers, including if they incorrectly or unfairly claim you owe them money for any reason, or if they impose wage garnishments, liens or levies against you or your assets. If your appeal is timely, you can even prevent such adverse actions by the IRS until after you have had your appeal heard by an Appeals Officer, whose actions you can even appeal in court. Nothing gives you more firepower in prosecuting such an appeal than having a trained, experienced tax litigator representing you.
- Don’t Try To Represent Yourself Against the IRS — When you hire us, we alone deal with the IRS on your behalf in all matters, including any audit or other investigation, any appeal, or any collection action they might take against you. You can then go about your life secure that your position against them will be maximized, and that you will not inadvertently make the kind of damaging statements that cost Martha Stewart so much. This is of particular concern if you have unfiled tax returns.
- Offers in Compromise — Many taxpayers find themselves in a position where they can never pay off the IRS. The penalties and interest the IRS continues to add make it mathematically impossible. The liens they impose prevent borrowing to pay them off. However, there is an IRS program which, if you qualify, allows you to wipe out everything you owe them, including penalties and interest. It eliminates any tax liens, often for a fraction of what you owe them. Needless to say, the IRS does not like granting these; a trained, experienced tax litigator representing you can give you straight advice on whether, or how you might, qualify for this program, and then handle this difficult process to maximize the likelihood of your success.
- Delinquent Returns — Many taxpayers get behind in filing tax returns. This is dangerous and can even pose a risk of criminal prosecution. Most people with unfiled tax returns become afraid of what will happen to them when they get back into the system. Only by using an attorney to represent you, as you file old returns, will your communications with your representative be completely confidential. We will handle all communications for you with the IRS, and you can get straight with them.
- See and Understand the IRS ‘ Own Files on You — You have the right to look at the IRS’s file on you. Requesting such records is best done by an attorney who understands how the IRS works and can read and explain to you the coded documents in your file. No red flags are raised by the attorney requesting such. If you are at odds with the IRS in any way, you should never speak directly with them. Many unpleasant tax cases are generated by seemingly normal conversations with them by taxpayers.
- Innocent Spouses or Injured Spouses — The IRS often attempts improperly to collect taxes from one spouse which, under law, or as a matter of fairness, should be the liability only of that person’s spouse or former spouse. In these cases, the injured, or innocent, spouse maximizes their ability to prevent the IRS from doing so by being represented by an experienced tax litigator.
- Minimizing problems from “Cancellation of Debt” Income — Most people and businesses don’t realize that when they settle their debts with credit card companies, banks or other creditors, the IRS may consider all money saved as additional, taxable income for income tax purposes. The IRS calls this “cancellation of debt” or “discharge of indebtedness” income (“COD”) — and the institutions have to report it to the IRS on forms 1099-C. There are, however, a number of exclusions which, if available to you, can reduce, delay, or even eliminate tax liabilities from COD. An experienced tax lawyer can advise you on the potential availability to you of these exclusions — and how to make sure you don’t lose them.
- Representing Taxpayers In Criminal Tax Investigations and Prosecutions — These are the most dangerous and frightening situations a taxpayer can face. I have been lead counsel in numerous jury trials and appeals, in both civil and criminal cases, and none of the taxpayers I have represented in civil or criminal tax investigations have ever been indicted.
We also provide all other services and advice which you would expect from a highly-trained and experienced tax lawyer and litigator.