Landmark Tax Litigator Clifford N. Ribner Reveals the Keys to Defending Your Rights with the Internal Revenue Service

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Ahead of looming tax deadlines, tips on what individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations need to know when faced with the potential seizure of assets, tax audits and other potentially existential threats to livelihood, by government tax agencies

It is essential to know your constitutionally-protected rights, including your right to representation, when IRS agents make demands.

Today’s headlines are filled with scandals involving government overreach, political corruption and the unlawful seizure of individual and corporate assets. In this abusive anti-business environment it is essential for every taxpayer, including estates and non-profit organizations, to understand their rights and to have a defense plan in place, reported landmark tax litigation attorney Clifford N. Ribner.

As tax-filing deadlines loom, taxpayers may call 888-363-0045 to hear a public service message prepared by Mr. Ribner that outlines the four keys to successfully dealing with the Internal Revenue Service and other taxing agencies.

“The sheer volume and complexity of tax law makes it easy for the Internal Revenue Service to abuse their power and prevail in most cases,” Ribner stated. “It is essential to know your constitutionally-protected rights, including your right to representation, when IRS agents make demands. Because case law is so complex, tax agents may even behave in ways that are criminal, therefore, your assets, reputation and ability to make a living are at great risk.”

Mr. Ribner advises those engaged by the IRS to protect their private information, regardless of what an IRS agent says, and avoid signing anything at any time. If the agent insists then you should resist. As a taxpayer, it is important to ask for what you need, including more time or a reduction in tax or penalties, because IRS agents are unlikely to advocate in your behalf.

A tax attorney with clients throughout the United States and around the world, Mr. Ribner recently celebrated the 30-year anniversary of his victory in a landmark United States Tax Court case that transformed the way the IRS attempted to tax income from the sales of businesses. In the combined cases known as James E. Foy and Nancy L. Foy v. Commissioner, Expansion Enterprises, Inc. v. Commissioner, 84 T.C. 50, (Jan. 14, 1985) Mr. Ribner was the sole attorney representing the prevailing taxpayers. The Tax Court ruling in that case resulted in Mr. Ribner’s clients – and all, later, similarly-situated taxpayers – being able to report their gain from the sale as capital gain, and to do so proportionately as payments were received instead of in the year of sale. The Foy case was a great taxpayer victory involving one of the most complex areas of tax law known as the assignment of income doctrine to tax professionals.

For more information about the services of Clifford N. Ribner, J.D., LL.M., call 918-982-9200 or visit his website

About Clifford N. Ribner

Clifford N. Ribner is a tax litigation attorney whose practice includes representing individuals, businesses, estates and trusts and non-profits against all American taxing authorities, including Federal (IRS), Oklahoma (OTC), New York (NYSDTF) and those of all other states. Bar Memberships include New York, Oklahoma, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court, and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for the 10th and 4th Circuits. Since 1985 Ribner has been AV Preeminent Rated (highest possible peer-reviewed rating) by Martindale-Hubbell. Ribner’s education includes NYU Law School: J.D. (1977) and Lasker Scholar LL.M. (in Taxation)(1978) and Cornell University: A.B. Magna Cum Laude (1973). Ribner has over 36 years experience in complex tax law and litigation, including multiple jury trials and appeals with No C.I.D.-Target or other client ever indicted.

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