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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

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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

2014-11-26 cash donation to NPO:

The problem with that is two-fold. One, it would have to be a non-interest bearing note and you could not compel them to pay the interest. Second, depending on the amount of the note, the IRS could impute

2014-11-24 Moving expense deduction:

Eric,    Thanks for your question.    No moving expenses are deductible.  First, you did not leave your old job, but merely took a leave of absence.  Second, you maintained your FL residence as evidenced

2014-11-22 cash donation to NPO:

Michael,    Thanks for your question.    It does not matter.  You are the beneficial recipient of the interest, regardless of what you instruct the debtor to do with the interest.  In either event, you

2014-11-18 2013 taxes.oil gas royalties:

Linda,    Thanks for your question.    If you have zero taxable income, the only thing I can think of is that it calculated (incorrectly) self-employment tax on the royalties. If you reported those on

2014-11-17 taxes:

Al,    Thanks for your question.      The IRS treats LLC's as disregarded entities, meaning you elect how to file. For tax purposes you would file as a corporation, S corp, partnership, or sole proprietor


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