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I played piano and violin into my teenage years. I hope to someday play again on a regular basis because I have a beautiful piano at home.
Carla Smaston
Partner, CPA


As an international tax specialist, I help businesses (both domestic and foreign-owned) and individuals (U.S. and foreign) navigate the complicated world of international tax to optimize their tax position and comply with complex reporting requirements. Most of my clients are multinational businesses and globally mobile individuals.

My clients appreciate that I seek to achieve the best, most practical solutions while simplifying complexity. I’m known as a good teacher for my ability to explain high-level tax concepts in practical, understandable terms.

With more than 25 years at Plante Moran, I’ve served a wide variety of clients over my career, from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups. I’ve seen many issues, dealt with complex questions and, therefore, bring a lot of practical experience to the table. In that time, I’ve also set an example for many staff on how to have a successful career while balancing family and professional goals.

I’ve presented at many internal conferences, MICPA trainings, and Praxity alliance conferences on international tax topics. I received my B.B.A. from the University of Michigan–Dearborn. I belong to the AICPA and the MICPA.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, my adult daughter, and my mother. I always look for opportunities to play golf and travel internationally.