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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, and the Institute of Management Accountants. 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 three professional certifications: CPA, CMA,and CFM. 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 35 years and have taught accounting and tax at the college level for over 35 years.




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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2014-12-19 Transfer of House to Family Member:

Carl,    Thanks for your question.    If you make a gift of your interest in the house to her, the value of the gift would fall below the annual exclusion amount of $14,000.  So there would be no gift

2014-12-16 Innocent Spouse relief:

Mandana,    Thanks for your question.    Under the law, a forged signature is not a voluntary signature. So, you actually have not filed a return for that year. You will have to show the IRS that the signature

2014-12-16 Inventory:

Peggy,    Thanks for your question.    It is a judgement call.  If you are selling the antiques through your business, they would be reported as business income. You would move them (figuratively) to the

2014-12-15 telecommuting:

Lorraine,    As a resident of CA, you are subject to tax on all your income, regardless of source.  If TN had a state income tax, CA would give you a credit for TN taxes paid.  But since there is no TN

2014-12-15 Dependents:

Ed,    Thanks for your question.    Unfortunately not. All of them must live with you for the entire year (adult child) or form more than half the year (grandchildren).  In addition, the adult child cannot


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