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Attorney John Pontius

Pontius Tax Law, PLLC strives to resolve sensitive tax problems through trust, dedication and value. The law firm was founded by John Pontius. Mr. Pontius regularly represents individual and business clients with sensitive and serious tax matters before the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities. His client base is local, national and international.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Pontius has represented businesses and individuals with complex tax issues in the following areas: FBAR examinations, offshore disclosures, FATCA, tax planning, unfiled tax returns, release of tax liens and levies, trust fund recovery penalty, IRS and state audit examinations, as well as appeals, penalty abatement, US Tax Court litigation, along with defense of tax fraud and evasion.

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Practice Areas

Check out the different areas of US tax law that John Pontius can assist you with.
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IRS Audit and Appeals
IRS Audit and Appeals
The question of what amount of tax that a person or company needs to submit to the government is central to any successful financial plan. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has broad powers to pursue parties for underpayment or a failure to pay entirely.
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IRS Penalty Abatement
IRS Penalty Abatement
The IRS has many civil penalties to encourage voluntary tax compliance of taxpayers. Additionally, the IRS charges interest of approximately 3-4% on the tax balance due. The Maryland Comptroller charges interest of approximately 11%-13%.
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Lien Resolution
Lien Resolution
If you are struggling with the payment of a debt, consider hiring a Washington DC IRS lien resolution lawyer. A lien is a security interest over property to secure the payment of a debt. For example, in the case of a home mortgage, the bank files a mortgage lien on the property until the mortgage is fully paid.
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Offshore Disclosure
Offshore Disclosure
The US is one of the few countries that imposes tax on the worldwide income of its residents. US residents are required to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account (FBARs) if the aggregate account balance of the accounts exceed $10,000.
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State Tax Issues
State Tax Issues
Every state has a separate legal system for assessing and collecting tax. With fewer resources in comparison to the IRS as well as less formal procedures, state tax departments can be much more complicated to navigate
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Tax Fraud & Evasion
Tax Fraud & Evasion
Fraud comes in many forms. At its core, fraud is any attempt to deceive another party for a financial purpose. One common version of fraud is a failure to pay one’s taxes.
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Trust Fund Recovery Penalty
Trust Fund Recovery Penalty
Employers are required to withhold Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, and income tax from employee wages. These are typically called withholding taxes or trust fund taxes because these funds always belonged to the IRS and were held by the employer in trust.
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Tax Levy
Tax Levy
The IRS is widely recognized as a very aggressive and powerful creditor. The Internal Revenue Code grants the IRS the authority to levy to collect delinquent taxes. A tax levy is the forced collection or seizure of any property or right to property that belongs to the taxpayer.
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U.S. Tax Court Litigation
U.S. Tax Court Litigation
The proper payment of taxes is central to the financial health of individuals and businesses. State, federal, and local governments will use any means necessary to obtain the money that they are owed.
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Tax Planning
Tax Planning
Navigating the US tax laws can be a daunting challenge. Let Pontius Tax Law, PLLC be your guide. We are experienced with complex federal, state and international reporting laws. We advise on the tax compliance for businesses and individuals. We frequently work with our clients’ accountants on technical issues.
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Unfiled Tax Returns
Unfiled Tax Returns
Taxpayers fall out of tax filing compliance for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they are going through a difficult period of life and lack the time, energy or resources to file their tax returns. Other taxpayers do not file tax returns because they cannot afford to pay their taxes.

Attorney John Pontius

Pontius Tax Law, PLLC strives to resolve sensitive tax problems through trust, dedication and value. The law firm was founded by John Pontius with offices in Washington, DC and Rockville, MD. Mr. Pontius represents individual and business clients with sensitive and serious tax matters before the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities. His client base is local, national and international.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Pontius has represented businesses and individuals with complex tax issues in the following areas: FBAR examinations, offshore and domestic disclosures, FATCA, FIRPTA, tax planning, unfiled tax returns, release of tax liens and levies, trust fund recovery penalty, IRS and state audit examinations, as well as Appeals, penalty abatement, U.S. Tax Court litigation, along with defense of tax fraud and evasion.

Testimonials

Client Reviews

John helped us with a DC tax audit and succeeded in getting us a "no change" final decision. The issues were related to two flow-through entities and the use of carry-forward operating losses -- something that the DC auditors struggled to understand and with which they did not have any...
Paul A
Mr. Pontius is extremely professional and was able to take care of my tax returns which includes international bank accounts quickly and at a very reasonable price. Would definitely recommend.
Karl
I received a fee this past November from the IRS for over $800 because of an error I made on my 2016 taxes. I called my cousin, John Pontius, and he immediately knew what steps needed to be taken. Thanks to him, the fee was cleared. A 10 minute conversation...
A.K.
As an American citizen living in the Middle East my local banker informed me that I needed to file FBARs and report my worldwide income to the IRS. Through the recommendation of another attorney at an international law firm, I was introduced to John Pontius. Mr. Pontius efficiently and effectively...
Kareem S
John handled a difficult IRS lien for my client. He was excellent in getting the lien released so we could close on the property. I would highly recommend John .
Bobbie M
We were seeking tax advice with managing two properties, LLC, as well as some future financial planning. John responded to my call in a timely manner and was happy to answer our questions while referring us to specialists who can manage our accounts on a more regular basis.
Janelle M
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