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John D. Royster

NC LIC #10823
Title: Partner
Location: One West Fourth Street, Suite 700
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336.714.8100
Fax: 336.714.8145
E-Mail: John D. Royster


A Member in the Firm’s Winston-Salem practice office, John has had significant corporate and individual client responsibilities, including the support of two Fortune 500 clients and a variety of privately held businesses on a wide range of tax and business matters.

John co-founded Royster Smith Shelton & Company in 1980 and served as its Managing Member for most of its first twenty years. Throughout his career in public accounting, John has worked extensively with individuals and privately held businesses and professional service organizations in financial and income tax planning matters, business formations and reorganizations, business succession planning, estate and gift planning, family trust, and charitable giving matters.


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.A. (Accounting)
Virginia Military Institute, B.A. (Economics)

Professional/Civic Organizations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA)
  • Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce - Former Member of the Board of Directors
  • Estate Planning Council of Winston-Salem - Member and Former President
  • Wake Forest School of Business and Accountancy Advisory Council - Former Member
  • Wake Forest Planned Giving Advisory Council - Former Member
  • Forsyth Tech Foundation Planned Giving Advisory Committee
  • Forsyth Country Day School - Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Forsyth Country Day School - Planned Giving Advisory Council
  • Piedmont Club Board of Governors
John D. Royster

Practice Areas

  • Contractors
  • Distribution
  • Furniture
  • International Business
  • Manufacturing
  • Not-for-profit
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate
  • Wholesale

Service Areas

  • Business and Individual Tax Planning
  • Business Continuation and Succession Planning
  • Business Formations and Reorganizations
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Client Representation before the IRS
  • Corporate, Partnership, and Individual Tax Return Preparation
  • Estate, Fiduciary, and Gift Tax Returns
  • Multi-State Taxation
  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Opinions

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