Lewellen specializes in the type of tax avoidance that enables businesses to pay the least amount of tax they legally owe.
“You can avoid tax in legal ways,” Lewellen said. “The tax law has a lot of subjectivity in it. If you plan your affairs effectively, you can pay lower taxes in a legal way.”
Lewellen was in private practice for five years after completing her master’s of accounting degree at East Carolina University and passing her CPA exam. She focused on tax planning, helping companies structure their transactions in a tax-efficient way.
Her experience teaching at ECU as an adjunct during that time sparked her interest in pursuing a PhD. She enrolled in a doctoral program at Florida State University, where she researched international tax issues. Immediately upon receiving her PhD in accounting in 2016, she joined the Poole College faculty.
Ph.D., Accounting, Florida State University (2016)