Matthew Yackshaw


AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ through Martindale-Hubbell®

Matt is a member in Day Ketterer’s Taxation Law and Litigation practice groups. Individuals and businesses facing tax problems with the IRS can trust Matt's extensive experience to effectively advocate on their behalf in these complex and oftentimes overwhelming legal matters.

He has over 25 years of extensive experience in all aspects of tax law and litigation having obtained favorable results and verdicts for his clients in the areas of: Federal, State, and Local Taxation; Tax Litigation; Tax Administrative Practice before the IRS; Tax Administrative Practice before the State of Ohio Department of Taxation; Tax Administrative Practice before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals; and Tax Administrative Practice before the Local Boards of Revision.

His experience includes: audit representation, representation before IRS Appeals Office, audit negotiation of delinquent tax liabilities, preparation of Application for Discharge of federal tax liens, advising clients on tax free exchange under Internal Revenue Code §1033, presenting innocent spouse cases to the IRS, advising on the use of deferred compensation arrangements in lieu of bonuses, advising on public disclosure requirements of 26 U.S.C. §6104, and much more.

Matt began his tenure with Day Ketterer in 1984 after serving as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division and clerking for Trial Judge Kenneth R. Harkins, U.S. Court of Claims. Through this experience Matt gained unique knowledge and insight.


Handled appeal to IRS Appeals Office from examination of income tax returns in which the principal issue is whether the taxpayer is a real estate professional within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code Section 469.

Preparation of an Offer in Compromise to deal with un-discharged civil trust fund recovery penalty assessments made against clients for failed businesses which had put them in personal bankruptcy.

Successfully persuaded IRS to abate proposed civil trust fund recovery penalty asserted against a taxpayer.

Negotiated and resolved civil trust fund recovery penalty assertion made against a taxpayer from failed business enterprise that he was associated with. 


  • How the new tax code impacts you, Canton Repository, January 2018
  • The Appeal Process: Understanding Business Real Estate Taxes, Stark County Chamber of Commerce, November 2007
  • Exempt Organizations: Issues for the Mature Exempt Organization Under the Internal Revenue Code, May 2002
  • Tax Law Update, 2001


  • Stark County Bar Association Finance Committee, Outstanding Committee of the Year, 2009 – 2010
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, Outstanding Attorney, 1983; Special Commendation, 1984


  • United States District Court Northern District of Ohio, Merit Selection Panel, Appointee 
  • Stark County Bar Association, Executive Committee, member
  • Stark County Bar Association, Corporate Law Committee, member
  • Stark County Bar Association, Finance Committee, Chair
  • Stark County Bar Association, Memorial Committee, member 
  • Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Court-appointed Foreman of Grand Jury, 2009


  • State of Ohio
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation; Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee, Member
  • Stark County Bar Association, Executive Committee, Member; Finance Committee, Chair; Corporate Law Review Committee, Member


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Juris Doctor, with honors, 1979
  • John Carroll University, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1976

To reach Matt, please email him at or call him directly at 330.458.2180.