Thomas M. Rath


    Mr. Rath is a Deputy Area Counsel in the Small Business/Self- Employed Division of the Office of Chief Counsel-Internal Revenue Service in Philadelphia.  He has been employed by the Office of Chief Counsel in different capacities, including as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, since 1987.  Prior to that, he worked for a large public accounting firm and became a Certified Public Accountant.  


  • B.B.A. 1982 Western Michigan University
  • J.D. 1985 University of Detroit School of Law
  • LL.M. 1999 Villanova University School of Law

Courses and Seminars

  • Tax Prosecutions and Civil Penalties

Important:  Curriculum Changes Effective Fall 2014

Tax Research and Writing (LTX-3228)  and Law Governing Tax Practice (LTX-5000)  have been consolidated to create a new course  LTX-5005 Professional Responsibility of Tax Practitioners. This new 2 credit required course will be offered for the first time in Fall 2014.  LTX-3228 and LTX-5000 will no longer be offered.  For students matriculating prior to Fall 2014: If you have already taken either LTX-3228  or LTX-5000, you are not required to take this new course.  If you have previously taken Law Governing Tax Practice, you simply select a two-credit elective course in order to meet your credit requirements.

Contact Us


Phone Numbers
Office: 610-519-7043 or
Professor Vines: 610-519-4533
FAX: 610-519-8018

Office Hours
Spring and Fall:
M-Th 9:00 AM – 8:15 PM, F until 5 PM

M-Th 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, F until 12 PM