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Comprehensive Tax Law Counsel

Stuart B. Ratner, P.C., has deep and practical experience in state and local tax matters, including sales, income and corporate tax issues, including uniquely state and local tax concerns. Our creative strategies and tenacious advocacy have enabled us to obtain extraordinary success in achieving favorable results for clients. We are licensed in the two highest state and local tax jurisdictions in the country, Connecticut and New York. We regularly engage in all types of state and local tax issues before the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance as well as tax courts in both states.

Protecting Your Rights During An Audit

No one likes a federal or state tax audit. We understand that the efficient and successful resolution of a tax controversy requires skillful representation early in the process. Our primary goal in any tax dispute resolution is to win the case. Because attorney Stuart Ratner is a CPA, he effectively communicates with his clients’ CPAs in accountant’s language.

Personalized And Professional Service

The needs of each client and the circumstances of each case dictate our specific role in a particular audit. In some audits, we play a lead role at the request of the client. In other audits, we serve in a purely advisory role, staying in the background with no direct contact with the tax authority. As part of our advocacy, we respond to information document requests, communicate with IRS agents and formulate overall strategies.

We have experience in all facets of negotiating with tax authorities, including responding to audits, summons and subpoenas, and preparing administrative protests and petitions. We also represent clients faced with demands for documents or testimony in connection with examinations of other taxpayers.

Proactive Planning And Defense

Because state and local tax costs have grown exponentially over the past decade, we often find that proper state and local tax planning represents an opportunity to yield our client’s significant and unexpected tax savings. The high rate of taxes frequently drives taxpayers to seek to change their residence to lower state tax jurisdictions. State taxing authorities often challenge these attempts. We have extensive experience in resolving these issues and have successfully defended many individuals in residency cases.

Learn More Today

If you face a complicated tax issue or want to avoid one, get in touch with us today. Call Stuart B. Ratner, P.C., at 203-323-4900 or send us an email.

Practice Areas

Tax Court

  • Connecticut tax and administrative appeals
  • U.S. Tax Court

State And Local Tax Matters

  • Income tax, sales tax, and residency audits
  • State sales tax collection matters
  • State income tax collection matters
  • Offers in compromise
  • Installment agreements
  • State tax liens, levies, and warrants

Tax Planning / Asset Protection

  • Income tax planning for real estate investors and high net worth individuals
  • Asset protection planning
  • Divorce and domestic relations tax planning
  • Cannabis and Bitcoin matters
  • Cancellation of indebtedness
  • Charitable planning strategies including forming charitable IRC § 501(c)(3) organizations

Unpaid Tax Obligations / Unfiled Returns

  • Federal and state tax collection matters (where the government seeks to collect tax from the client)
  • Offers in compromise
  • Installment agreements
  • Federal and state tax liens, levies, and warrants
  • Innocent and injured spouse claims

Employment / Payroll Tax Matters

  • Employment tax
  • Payroll tax
  • Trust fund recovery penalties
  • Undocumented workers
  • Nominee/alter ego assessments
  • Transferee liability/fraudulent conveyances
  • Employee misclassification