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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.


FICPA, NATP, NCPE Fellowship, Lakeland Business Leaders


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

2016-09-28 Part time Uber driver what can and can't I do tax wise:

I would start deducting mileage as soon as you have notice of a pickup. When you drop the passenger off, if you don't have another pickup or are not going to a specific destination don't deduct any more

2016-09-28 Part time Uber driver what can and can't I do tax wise:

Dave,    Thanks for your question.     This article that I wrote will answer many of your questions.    Don't

2016-09-08 Taxes:

John,    Thanks for your question.     Probably no penalty. There are three safe harbors to avoid a penalty for underpayment. You may qualify on the third one. Making a payment now would help.    1. You

2016-09-07 Deducting Interest on RV Loan:

Sara,    Thanks for your question.    The RV must have a lien on it in order to deduct the interest. When the lender does not provide a Form 1098, you would include the name, identifying number (SS number

2016-08-25 health insurance premium for adult child:

Bill,    Thanks for your question.    Normally you could not deduct those health insurance premiums for your son. However, there is an exception that appears to apply to you.    Taxpayers can deduct medical


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