Benjamin Akins

Dr. Benjamin W. Akins

Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Taxation, Assistant Dean

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Dr. Benjamin Akins joined GGC in fall 2012 as an assistant professor of legal studies and taxation. He previously lived in Washington, D.C., where he served as an attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

During the first half of his career with Chief Counsel, Akins worked with the Treasury Department to develop policy relating to non-profit organizations. As part of this role, he drafted regulations dealing with the relationship between the government and houses of worship. He also drafted guidance relating to the role of exempt organizations involved in prohibited tax shelter transactions. Akins spent the latter half of his tenure with Chief Counsel working as a litigator in the agency’s Large Business & International Division. In this capacity, he served as legal counsel for the IRS during audits of large corporations, and he also represented the government’s interests in Tax Court litigation.

Prior to moving to Washington, Akins lived in Manhattan, where he earned his second law degree from New York University School of Law. Before Manhattan, he lived in Jackson, Mississippi, where he earned his first law degree. Akins worked his way through law school clerking for the Business Regulation and Enforcement division of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office.

Akins grew up in Gwinnett County – just a few miles away from GGC. Before moving out of state to begin his graduate studies and start his career, he earned a degree in business management from the University of Georgia.


  • Doctorate – J.D. – Mississippi College School of Law
  • Master's –  LL.M. (taxation) – New York University School of Law
  • Bachelor's –  management – University of Georgia

Academic Interests

  • Exempt organizations
  • Charitable giving 
  • Law and technology
  • Law and society

Professional Affiliations

  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Georgia Tax Bar Section
  • Georgia Nonprofit Law Section
  • U.S. Tax Court Bar
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business