Benjamin Davidson

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  • 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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