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 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 another elective course in order to meet your course 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

Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to ensure the information displayed on this page is accurate. However, the information contained herein is not to be considered official.  Changes may be made to courses and curriculum requirements.