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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.


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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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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

2016-08-20 Question:

Sam,    Thanks for your question.    In the US, if you do not make any deposits or withdrawals of your own funds, your statement that is was an accommodation for an elderly relative will be taken at face

2016-08-02 Minister and Non-Minister Duties:

David,    Thanks for your question. There is not one correct answer, as the surrounding circumstances would dictate how this is handled.    If the custodial duties are an incidental part of his pastoral

2016-08-02 Tax-advantaged methods of supporting a parent:

Brian,    Thanks for your question.    There are a number of issues related to the course of action that you have outlined. First, there are rules regarding how the installment sale must be structured

2016-06-23 taxes owed from home sale:

Rainer,    Thanks for your question.     Her basis in the home is the fair market value as of date of death. If the sale price minus costs of sale exceeded this value, you would pay tax on the excess.


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