Zhanna A. Ziering is an Associate in Caplin & Drysdale's New York office. She offers guidance to individual and corporate clients who require sophisticated tax advice concerning their domestic tax issues, offshore assets, and U.S. reporting requirements in connection with their multinational business interests.
Ms. Ziering is a recipient of the prestigious 2013 Nolan Fellowship
awarded by the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation. The award honors a select group of outstanding young tax lawyers from across the nation who have shown significant contribution, service, and leadership.
ServicesClients rely on Ms. Ziering's deep knowledge of tax controversy and litigation matters, and experience with related civil, criminal, and regulatory proceedings. She represents both individuals and corporations before the U.S. Tax Court, federal and state courts, and administrative agencies, including the IRS, the Department of Justice, and other federal and state government regulators.
Ms. Ziering has substantial experience handling offshore voluntary disclosure requirements on the federal and state levels. She advises clients on the U.S. tax reporting requirements relating to the offshore assets and interests, and assists in responding to audits and inquiries from the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies.
Ms. Ziering is fluent in Russian.
Prior to joining Caplin & Drysdale, Ms. Ziering practiced tax controversy and litigation at an international law firm. She was Judicial Law Clerk to the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings in 2005, and during law school, Ms. Ziering was a member of the Moot Court Executive Board. In addition, Ms. Ziering provided pro bono representation to low-income taxpayers with a broad range of tax issues through Duke University School of Law's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and New York University School of Law's Tax Clinic.
While in law school, Ms. Ziering earned several honors and awards, including:
- Professor Albert Kalter Graduation Award for Excellence in Tax Law,
- Dr. Max Reich Graduation Award for Excellence in Civil Trial Advocacy, and
- Dean's Scholarship from New York Law School.
An active member of the legal community, Ms. Ziering currently serves as Subcommittee Chair for the Membership and Young Lawyer Liaison of the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation, Court Procedure and Practice Committee. To stay abreast of ever-changing tax laws, she is a proactive member in the Tax Sections of the New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers' Association.
An avid lecturer on matters relating to tax law, Ms. Ziering has spoken on the following topics:
- Moderator, "Through the Looking Glass (Part III): Collecting and Litigating FBAR Penalties," ABA Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting, Court Procedure and Practice Committee (January 2013, Orlando, Florida)
- Moderator, "Through the Looking Glass (Parts I and II): Opting Out of the OVDI Penalty Structure and Litigating FBAR Penalties," ABA Section of Taxation (January 2013)
- Moderator, "Through the Looking Glass (Part II): Litigating FBAR Penalties," ABA Section of Taxation Fall Meeting, Court Procedure and Practice Committee (September 2012, Boston, Massachusetts)
- Moderator, "Nuts & Bolts of Deficiency Cases: From Examination to the Tax Court," ABA Section of Taxation 2012 May Meeting, Court Procedure and Practice Committee (May 2012, Washington, D.C.)
- Moderator, "Court Procedure Issues in CDP Judicial Review," ABA Section of Taxation February Meeting, Court Procedure and Practice Committee (February 2012, San Diego, California)
- Speaker and Author, "Current Developments," ABA Section of Taxation Fall Meeting, Court Procedure and Practice Committee (October 2011, Denver, Colorado)
- Speaker and Author, "Current Developments," ABA Section of Taxation January Meeting, Court Procedure and Practice Committee (January 2011, Boca Raton, Florida)
- Speaker, "Judicial Deference Mock Argument: Application of Temp. Treas. Reg. § 301.6501(e)-1T(a)(1)(iii) in Smith v. Commissioner," ABA Section of Taxation January Meeting, Court Procedure and Practice Committee, (January 2010, San Antonio, Texas)
Awards & RankingsListed as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2013.
- The Nuts and Bolts of Deficiency Cases: From Examination to The Tax Court. The Practical Tax Lawyer (Fall, 2012)
- Comments to the Proposed Amendments to the Rules of the United States Tax Court. ABA Tax Section (March 7, 2011)
- Comments to the Proposed Amendments to the Rules of the United States Tax Court. ABA Tax Section (May 27, 2009)
- Contributor to "Selected Recent Developments in Administrative Practice," ABA Section of Taxation May Meeting, Administrative Practice Committee (May 8, 2009, Washington, D.C.)