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John Stancil, CPA


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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at

Experience in the area

I hold a doctorate in Accounting, and am a CPA. My certifications of CIA, CFM, and CMA are inactive. I passed all certification examinations on the first attempt, and received honorable mention for my scores on the CIA exam. I have operated a CPA firm for over 37 years and have taught accounting and tax at the college level for over 35 years.


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The CPA Journal, Florida CPA Today, Green Consumer, Green Business, Global Sustainability as a Business Imperative, Palmetto Review, NATP TaxPro Quarterly, Mustang Journal of Finance and Accounting.


DBA University of Memphis MBA University of Georgia BS in Accounting Mars Hill University

What do you like about this subject?

I enjoy the dynamic nature of taxation, and the fact that it is always changing. I also enjoy helping citizens minimize their taxes, so they only have to pay the legally required minimum amount.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

One can never know all the tax law, so I hope to increase what I do know, and keep up with relevant changes in the law.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

It was not until WWII that the income tax became a mass tax. Prior to that time, only the very wealthy paid income taxes.

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Recent Answers from John Stancil, CPA

2017-02-25 form 8965- health coverage exemptions:

Lee,    Thanks for your question. Don't you just love all the Obamacare paperwork?    All you need to show is the marketplace coverage for the time you had it. Medicare is not an exception, it's just another

2017-02-25 tax:

Alvaro,    Thanks for your question.    I don't do tax calculations in this forum.     I can tell you that your taxes would increase significantly as your wife goes not earn enough to cover her exemption

2017-02-23 Dependent:

Rich,    Thanks for your question.    Basically you're on the right track. The amount he can earn is under $4,050.  In addition, he must have lived with her the entire year and she provides over half his

2017-02-21 Mortgage Interest on Taxes:

Adrienne,    Thanks for your question.    It depends on your intent. If you plan pretty much leave the 46 acres as is - an extension of your current homestead, then the interest could be deductible as

2017-02-21 dog shelter write offs:

James,    Thanks for your question.    No, that is not deductible. It simply constitutes "being a good neighbor," and you don't get a tax deduction for that. The fact that it is therapeutic for her does


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