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J. Kent Poff, Ph.D.

Kent Poff
Title: Associate Professor - Accounting
Phone: 678-717-3838

Office: Nesbitt Academic Building, 5108, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Tax


Dr. Kent Poff is an associate professor of accounting in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia. Prior to joining UNG in 1995, Dr. Poff served as an assistant professor at East Carolina University.

Courses Taught

ACCT 2101: Principles of Accounting I, ACCT 2102: Principles of Accounting II, ACCT 3350: Federal Income Taxation, ACCT 4350: Advanced Federal Income Taxation


  • Ph.D., Tax Accounting, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1991
  • M.B.A., West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, 1979
  • B.S., Accounting, West Virginia Institute of Technology, 1975

Research/Special Interests

Mathematical economic analysis of tax issues, legal tax issues


Poff, K. (2015). The Effect of Increases in the Capital Gain and Dividend Tax on the Effective Tax Rate for Investments in Stock. Journal of Business and Economics, 6(6), 1157-1162. 

Poff, K. (2015). The Trade-Off Between Social Security Taxes and Benefits on the Margin. The Southern Business and Economic Journal, 37(1), 126-145.

Work Experience

J. Kent Poff Accounting, Tax and Business Consulting
1995 - Present

Assistant Professor
East Carolina University
1990 - 1995

Teaching Assistant
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1987 - 1990

Teaching Assistant
The Ohio State University
1984 - 1987

Assistant Professor
Bluefield State College
1979 - 1984

Director of Fiscal Analysis
West Virginia State Treasury
1978 - 1979

Assistant Director of Financial Affairs
West Virginia College of Graduate Studies
1976 - 1979

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