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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 Evasion
Tax Evasion
Every person or company in the United States that receives an income must pay taxes on that money. At least once a year, these parties must file a tax return and, in many situations, provide payment for all tax liabilities.
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Tax Fraud
Tax Fraud
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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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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Tax Litigation
Tax 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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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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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.

Experience & Practice Areas

Mr. Pontius has extensive examination experience with federal and state audits, protests of proposed adjustments and audit reconsideration. He represents clients on tax liens and levies, collection due process hearings, offers in compromises and requests for penalty abatement. He has experience with employment tax issues such as worker classification and the trust fund recovery penalty. Prior to founding Pontius Tax Law, PLLC, Mr. Pontius practiced for five years at Maryland tax controversy law firms in Rockville, Annapolis, and Bethesda. Mr. Pontius has two years’ experience in the international corporate tax group at KPMG in Tysons Corner, Virginia where he researched and analyzed a wide range of complex tax matters in the areas of compliance, provision, planning, and restructuring. At the accounting firm, Mr. Pontius worked with a broad range of U.S. multi-national and foreign-owned clients doing business as corporations and partnerships in the communications, financial services, and defense contractor industries.