Why Clarus?

Our offer to you is simple: We don’t charge you unless you can claim credits.

We’re a team of tax experts and entrepreneurs who understand the value of reinvesting as many dollars as you can back into your small business. You only pay us when you get your credits—and even then, we only charge a maximum of 15% of whatever you receive. There’s no risk for you.

Our goal is to make these tax advantages as clear and simple to attain as possible.

Here’s what makes us different:

Technology Driven

Our step-by-step application allows you to enter your information at your own pace. We provide help and examples along the way.

No-risk and cash-flow friendly

Clarus requires no up-front investment. We simply charge a percentage of your tax benefit when you realize it. Even if that’s months away.


We handle all integration with your payroll provider to monetize your benefit. It’s a painless process for you.


We provide clear, easy-to-understand reports required by the IRS — reviewed by our certified tax professionals.

Our Team

Brent Johnson
Co-Founder & CEO
A CPA with an accounting degree from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Tax from Capital University Law School, Brent leads business strategy for Clarus R&D. Prior to Clarus R&D, Brent started his own tax practice focused on corporate tax reduction strategies and financial reporting of tax results. Brent has worked with many businesses over his 25 year career to help them claim millions of dollars in R&D credits.

Jeff Haskett
Co-Founder & President
Jeff co-founded ClarusR&D with Brent Johnson and serves as its President. He is an entrepreneur, investor and start-up enthusiast. Jeff has a passion for helping young companies and driving innovation, and sees Clarus as the perfect opportunity to do both. Jeff has a deep background in management consulting, product development, strategy and early stage ventures. His experience spans numerous industries including software, automotive, healthcare, financial services and energy. He has a BA in Economics and Accounting from The Ohio State University, and lives in Columbus, Ohio with his family.

Adam Winter
Chief Technology Officer
Adam oversees the implementation of technology strategy in alignment with business strategy. Before Clarus Solutions, Adam was CTO of the GroundWork Group, a non-profit technology services company, and before that the CEO and CTO of JoeMetric, a software startup focusing on dynamic surveys delivered to smartphones. His background is focused on agile software development processes, custom software development, and change management. Adam was born in Pennsylvania, raised in South Florida and has lived many places in between. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University, an MBA from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Software Engineering from Harvard University. Adam is certified in traditional and agile project management methodologies (PMP, PMI-ACP, Professional ScrumMaster). He resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio with his two children, daughter Ali and son Max.

Monika Diehl
Head of Operations
Monika serves at the Head of Operations for Clarus R&D. She is a CPA and holds a Master of Taxation from Capital University Law School. Monika has extensive business tax experience and worked in internal audit earlier in her career reviewing business processes. She is excited about the opportunity at Clarus to talk with new businesses about their projects and innovations and to work with them to use their investment in innovation to reduce the amount of tax they pay. Monika has a BS in Accounting from The Ohio State University, and lives in Bexley, Ohio with her family.

Dan Clifford
Vice President, Direct Sales
Dan is responsible for business development at Clarus R&D. His core focus is to help companies claim the lucrative Federal R&D Tax Credit. Prior to Clarus, Dan served in key sales leadership roles within the business consulting and eCommerce space where he partnered with organizations to improve the efficiency of their overall operations. He has extensive experience working with early stage technology companies. Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Denison University. He resides in Columbus, Ohio with his family.

“The process was simple and straightforward. Clarus strips out much of the ‘red tape’ which would have made it impossible for us to do on our own.”

April Seggebruch
VP Finance/Operations, Movista