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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 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 35 years and have taught accounting and tax at the college level for over 35 years.


FICPA, NATP, NCPE Fellowship


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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2016-02-10 Easement 1099-S:

Debra,    You state that it is a temporary easement. If that is the case, then the income from the easement is treated as rent and reported on Schedule E. Since it is temporary, no sale has occurred, and

2016-02-10 depreciation:

You don't need to know the value of the furnace. It's part of the house and depreciated with it. Only if you install a new unit would it be depreciated separately. If the depreciable amount of the house

2016-02-10 depreciation:

Rob,    Thanks for your question.    Yes, you can depreciate those items if they are being used in the rental. The furnace would normally be included as a part of the housing unit. Don't forget that you

2016-02-04 SEP-IRA for clergy:

William,    Thanks for your question.    The church can establish a SEP-IRA but it must apply to all eligible employees. Employees may make voluntary contributions to the plan n addition to the church

2016-02-02 perdiem and taxes:

Shelly,    Thanks for your question.    You state that your husband is on a long term job. If the job lasts or is expected to last more than a  12 months, the per diem amount is taxable income and you


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