Impacts of Global Tax Policy and Transparency on Business Strategy

Location: McColl 3250

As any business leader will attest, sound strategic planning is informed by taxes. This has never been more true given today’s increasingly complex and dynamic US and global tax policy landscape. Our panel of KFBS alumni tax professionals will discuss the state of US and global tax policy, the current US legislative outlook, the impact of ESG trends on the tax function, the increasing demand for tax transparency, and how all of this ultimately increases the strategic business importance of the tax department.


Nathan Andrews: Partner, Service Line Leader, Business Tax Services – Deloitte

Kelli Knoble: Partner, National Tax Business Line Leader – Grant Thornton

Bill NcNairy: Retired. Former Head of Tax – Bank of America

Tamara Williams: Partner – PwC

Courtney Knoll’s Bio:

Courtney Knoll specializes in taxation. She teaches courses on individual taxation, business taxation, international taxation and tax research. Dr. Knoll was appointed Associate Dean for the UNC Master of Accounting program in July 2021.

An award-winning teacher, she teaches in the Master of Accounting and Undergraduate Business Programs. She encourages student interest in accounting and tax by supporting various student organizations and activities. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Undergraduate Accounting Club, the PwC Challenge Case Competition and UNC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Dr. Knoll is executive director of the UNC Tax Center. She facilitates its mission to bring together tax scholars, policymakers and practitioners who share a common interest in tax research.

She co-authored “Germany’s Repeal of the Corporate Capital Gains Tax: The Equity Market Response” in the Journal of American Taxation Association with UNC Kenan-Flagler professors Mark Lang, Edward Maydew and Douglas Shackelford. She also wrote “Employee Stock Options and Taxes” with Dr. John Graham, Dr. Lang and Dr. Shackelford, published in the Journal of Investment Management.

She was a tax manager in Arthur Andersen’s Atlanta office, where she worked for five years.

Dr. Knoll received her PhD from UNC Kenan-Flagler. She received her MS in accounting with a tax concentration and her BS in commerce from the University of Virginia.

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