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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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2015-02-25 capital gains tax on a credit shelter trust:

Deanna,    Thanks for your question.    A tax return should have been filed each year for the trust, with losses taken in the year incurred. If the losses were of such a nature that they could be carried

2015-02-25 Reportable/Taxable/Cost Basis?:

Your are asking for several hundred dollars of tax advice, which pretty much outside the scope of this volunteer forum.  However, I will give you a brief overview, but not a detailed step-by-step process

2015-02-25 Form 8965:

Shannon,    Thanks for your question.    The 8965 is for claiming an exemption from minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Since you had minimum essential coverage with the

2015-02-25 residency-US states:

James,    Based on your description, he is an Arizona resident, legally.  He has an AZ driver's license.  If his voter registration and mailing address are also AZ, I would definitely say he needs to file

2015-02-22 affordable care act tax credits:

Lee,    Thanks for your question.    It is a detailed form that is a pain in the butt to complete, but it is fairly straightforward if you read the instructions.  It requires looking up numbers from several


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