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Matthew Haghiri

Mr. Haghiri graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  While there, he worked as a Student Attorney at the University of Baltimore Tax Clinic representing business and individual taxpayers to favorably resolve state and federal tax controversies.  Mr. Haghiri gained valuable experience preparing offers-in-compromise, installment plans, innocent spouse relief requests, and substantiating self-employment tax deduction.

Mr. Haghiri interned at the Maryland Comptroller Hearings and Appeals Section where he worked alongside hearing officers who conducted informal hearings filed by business and individual taxpayers who appealed an additional tax assessment or the denial of their refund.  Based on his research and evaluation, the Maryland Comptroller’s office assessed a fraud penalty against a Maryland individual income taxpayer.  

 

Mr. Haghiri has also served as a Tax Research Analyst at H&R Block supporting tax professionals in resolving federal tax controversies stemming from individual income, business, and international tax issues.  He also offered technical guidance to tax professionals concerning the preparation of tax returns, including explanations of calculations and data entry on tax forms.

Prior to law school, Mr. Haghiri received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas and worked at Nokia for eight years managing engineering teams for the Global Network Operation Center; developing scope and risk assessments for audits; and identifying and documenting risks associated with building secure scalable networks for cities within the United States and Europe.

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Pontius Tax Law, PLLC

Mr. Haghiri graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  While there, he worked as a Student Attorney at the University of Baltimore Tax Clinic representing business and individual taxpayers to favorably resolve state and federal tax controversies.  Mr. Haghiri gained valuable experience preparing offers-in-compromise, installment plans, innocent spouse relief requests, and substantiating self-employment tax deduction.

Mr. Haghiri interned at the Maryland Comptroller Hearings and Appeals Section where he worked alongside hearing officers who conducted informal hearings filed by business and individual taxpayers who appealed an additional tax assessment or the denial of their refund.  Based on his research and evaluation, the Maryland Comptroller’s office assessed a fraud penalty against a Maryland individual income taxpayer.  

 

Pontius Tax Law, PLLC


1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 300

Washington DC 20004

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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...
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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...
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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 .
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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.
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