John Marcarian


B. Ec, CA, M Int Tax (Hons), Dip. C.M, A.C.I.S, JP

John is an Australian Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience. Having founded CST Tax Advisors in 1992, John has in-depth knowledge of international tax matters for both businesses and globally mobile expats.

John commenced his accounting career with Arthur Young in 1983 after completing his degree at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

During his career, John worked for both Duesburys and Deloittes and won the prestigious Price Waterhouse Prize for tax law.

During this time, John advised many listed and unlisted corporate clients.

His specialisations included international tax, capital gains tax, superannuation and corporate tax. John became a specialist in global private client tax and international business expansion.

Moving Into Private Practice

In 1992 John established CST Tax Advisors and has since developed extensive experience dealing with global expatriates and business owners.

In 2004 John established the Singapore Office of CST Tax Advisors. CST now has offices in a number of cities around the world.

Awards And Recognition

In 2007 John was awarded the degree of Master of International Taxation at the Australian School of Taxation (ATAX) and he won the John Raneri Memorial Prize for the best performance by a graduating student.

John is a Member of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”), the Institute of Chartered Secretaries in Singapore and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the International Tax Planning Association.

He is a STEP qualified Family Business Advisor.

In 2019, John won the prestigious Longevity Award in The Finder’s Expatpreneuer Awards. The Expatpreneur Awards honour foreign-born entrepreneurs running successful expat-owned businesses in or from Singapore.

Recognised Thought Leader

John has had a number of articles published in the Tax Specialist, a publication of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia; and the Tax Yearbook, a publication of the International Tax Planning Association.

Most recently, John has published two books; ‘Expatland‘, which is aimed at assisting potential global expats plan their move and ‘The CST Way‘ a professional services book for Global Accounting Firms.

John is a sought-after speaker on tax and business matters and regularly presents to business groups around the world.

A Focus on Expatland

In 2018 John founded the Expatland Global Network which is a professional business Network aimed at helping global expats and global founders move overseas to work or establish businesses.

To date, John has expanded Expatland to 21 global cities around the world.

Personal Background

John is married to Taleen and he has two daughters, Isabelle and Natalie.

In his spare time, John likes to learn new languages and go surfing.

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“I have a passion for tax, I engage with empathy and am accountable for my performance. My philosophy is to develop a strong relationship with my client so I can provide a solution specific to their individual circumstances.” – John