John Connor

John Connor

John brings over 45 years of experience to RJI CPAs, where he advises individual clients on a wide range of matters such as personal residency planning, state tax audit defense, taxation of real estate operations, wealth transfer and fiduciary income taxation, and succession planning. He supports the firm’s business clients in matters such as deal structuring and the financial and tax aspects of business acquisitions and dispositions.

John began as a tax auditor with the California Franchise Tax Board, where he focused on residency determinations, unitary taxation of businesses, and income taxation of estates, trusts, and their beneficiaries.

He left the FTB to become a senior tax manager at Arthur Andersen, where he headed the Orange County State & Local Tax (SALT) practice. He served a variety of midsized to large private and public companies, specializing in income, sales, and property taxation of businesses with multi-jurisdictional contacts. He also consulted on personal tax residency matters and handled tax audit defense.

After that, he spent the next 30 years in private industry, eventually heading tax departments at several mid- to large-cap Orange County-based public companies. His work in private industry had a particular emphasis on transactional structuring, financial accounting for income taxes, and tax and financial reporting aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions and of stock-based compensation.

  • Certified Public Accountant – California
  • Master of Science – Business Taxation, Golden Gate University
  • Master of Arts – Accounting, California State University, Northridge
  • Bachelor of Arts – Business Administration, U.S. International University (California campus)
  • Investor Relations Certificate, University of California, Irvine
  • Real Estate Broker license
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