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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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Recent Answers from John Stancil, CPA

2014-08-21 Non-deductible IRA/Form 8606:

Kate,    Thanks for your question.    1. You could convert the amount to a Roth.  I, personally, am a big fan of Roth accounts, so it is something I would definitely recommend.  The income limitations

2014-08-19 Gift tax form 709:

If you make the gift in 2014, the return for 2014 musts be filed between January 1, and April 15, 2015.    Filing a gift tax return would only create an audit situation for the gift tax return.  In a situation

2014-08-19 Gift tax form 709:

Kelly,    Thanks for your question.    Yes, you must file a Form 709 even though there is no tax due. You are required to do so because the gift reduces your remaining lifetime limit.  However, you do

2014-08-19 early withrawal from roth IRA:

Jordan,    Thanks for your question.    After the end of the year, you will get some 1099-R forms from the trustee for your IRA accounts. Simply input the information from those forms and it should handle

2014-08-19 Condo Assoc and Forms 1099:

Lisa,    Thanks for your question.    First, you do not have to issue a 1099 for services performed if the one providing the services is a business.  In other words, if I have John's Painting Co. and you


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