About Us

Zander Sterling  /zan·der stur·ling/

Meaning: Defender of Mankind, Excellence

Designed With You In Mind

Zander Sterling is a U.S. CPA firm that specializes in the taxation of expatriates and foreign nationals.

Unlike larger firms — whose focus and capabilities are designed to support large numbers of assignees — we limit our focus to companies that have small to mid-size talent mobility programs and a select group of accomplished individuals.

We combine big firm capability with boutique firm advantages to offer what our clients want:  competitively priced, trustworthy expertise delivered quickly by experienced tax practitioners who are enjoyable to work with.

Our deliberately low client-to-advisor ratio allows us to invest time to know each client, understand their goals and how they prefer to be served.  And our ingrained mid-western hospitality compels us to treat every person with dignity and respect.

Through our international network of leading, independent law and tax firms we graciously serve a global clientele ranging from venture-backed start-ups to the Fortune 500 and some remarkable people from various professions.

There are other firms that do what we do.  They share the same what and how, but our clients work with us for our why and our who.  We’re minds and makers with technical chops and business skills, set out to connect people with what matters most — an exceptional experience.

Founded in 2016, the firm is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

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Zander Sterling professionals have been fortunate to work with thousands of the best companies and professionals around the world. Those opportunities have given us a vast amount of practical experience which we leverage every day for the benefit of our clients.


Our people get their energy from helping others succeed.  They are approachable, experienced, hard-working and trustworthy.  Their mastery of tax laws enables them to explain complicated tax rules in easy-to-understand language.  Their responsiveness will leave you feeling confident and respected.


We are dedicated to value principles centered on goodness and excellence.  We do the right thing, commit to our client’s success, take care of each other, operate with courage and give back.

Global Reach

Our international network of proven law and tax firms enables us to deliver quality service in over 90 countries.  If you have a tax firm in a country that you would prefer we coordinate tax services with (instead of our network partner), simply let us know and we’ll happily collaborate with them to serve your needs.

Data Privacy & Security

We are an entrusted custodian of our clients’ information.  We use it for no purpose other than to serve them.  That’s why we have undertaken robust measures to help keep it safe and private.    

Heroic Purpose
We believe that being a great employer and community partner demands more than solid financial results. It requires flexibility and pathways for employees to serve a heroic purpose. None of which is possible without the support of our clients.

Zander Sterling was founded by Christopher Cornelius. Mr. Cornelius, a former Big 4 Partner, has been a practitioner of expatriate tax and international human resources for over 38 years. He has served some of the largest companies in the world and thousands of individuals. His clients and friends know him to be affable, ethical, and trustworthy.

Mr. Cornelius holds an accounting degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and is a licensed U.S. Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Indiana CPA Society, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He makes his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. where he resides with his spouse and the families of his three adult children.

Career Opportunities

You’ll find Zander Sterling to be a “Human Place,” where people are fueled by their own power sources, striving to do something meaningful and endeavoring to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Everything we do here — regardless of title or role — comes back to our mission. This means that teamwork, trust, quality, service and transparency are culturally non-negotiable. Sound appealing? Then you’re the kind of professional we’re seeking.

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