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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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2015-01-31 Minimum Essential Coverage:

John,    Thanks for your question.    You probably are exempt for Jan - April due do it being unaffordable, possibly longer. You are allowed three months of no coverage, so you may be able to escape a

2015-01-31 not reporting some income on tax return:

Heather,    You're treading on dangerous territory here and coud be charged with criminal fraud if they catch you. I cannot advise you to do what you propose, as even advising such action is a violation

2015-01-30 Head-of-Household Filing Status:

Alan,    Thanks for your question.    You're overthinking this. Support mean anything you spent to support her, including a share of items such as housing. If she spent all her income, you must provide

2015-01-29 Filing exempt on W4??:

Michelle,    Thanks for your question.    It is illegal to file as exempt unless you had no tax liability in the pr vinous year and do not anticipate one in the current year.     Taking home more of your

2015-01-29 distributin of trust capgains:

Joel,    Thanks for your question.    Based on tax law, yes.  You can make a capital gains distribution.  However, the terms of the trust may be more restrictive than tax law so you need to consult the


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