Adjunct Professor of Law
- J.D., Stanford University (2010)
- B.S., Symbolic Systems and Philosophy, Stanford University (2004)
Benjamin Davidson is The University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill’s tax lawyer and its first Director of Tax Policy Analysis. Davidson counsels UNC Chapel
Hill’s board and executive leadership on tax, executive compensation, employee
benefits, and governance. His practice
touches on a wide range of University activities and transactions, including
finance, employment, development, athletics, technology transfer, investments,
and joint ventures.
Davidson is a
leading expert on the nonprofit parking and transportation tax. With his co-author Bertrand M.
Harding, Jr., Davidson developed and published the first comprehensive analysis
of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s unrelated business income tax increase for
fringe benefit expenses. Davidson writes
and speaks regularly on nonprofit and higher education tax law. His
work has appeared in Tax Notes,State Tax Notes, Exempt Organization Tax Review, and Exempt
Organization Tax Journal.
Prior to joining UNC Chapel Hill, Davidson was
the Deputy Tax Director at Stanford University, where he advised on
enterprise-wide tax matters, provided tax planning
for a $24.8 billion merged investment pool, and directed the preparation of
Stanford University’s tax returns. Davidson joined Stanford from the San Francisco law firm of Adler Colvin, where he provided tax and corporate counsel to nonprofit organizations.
Before joining Adler Colvin, Davidson practiced tax law with the Silicon
Valley law firm of Fenwick West.
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