Patrick W. Thomas

Director, Notre Dame Tax Clinic

Office: 725 Howard Street South Bend, IN 46617
1120 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: (574) 631-9149
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Patrick W. Thomas is the founding director of Notre Dame Law School’s Tax Clinic, in which he trains and supervises law students representing low-income clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to joining the law school faculty in 2016, he received an American Bar Association Section of Taxation Public Service Fellowship to work as a staff attorney for the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic.

At the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, he represented clients in IRS collection matters, in IRS examinations, and before the U.S. Tax Court. He also partnered with local community organizations to educate taxpayers on their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers, focusing particularly on the English as a Second Language and refugee communities in Indianapolis. Prior to his work at Neighborhood Christian, he clerked for the Indiana Solicitor General.

Thomas earned his B.A, summa cum laude, in Germanic studies, international studies, and near eastern languages and cultures from Indiana University and received a J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While in law school, he directed Indiana University’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, founded the law school’s Pro Bono Immigration Project, and was a managing editor on the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.

Thomas also has an on-campus office of 1120 Eck Hall of Law.

He is also a contributor to Procedurally Taxing, a blog that considers developments in issues relating to tax procedure and tax administration.

Courses Taught

LAW75605, Tax Clinic I
Tax Clinic II

Areas of Expertise

  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Tax Law & Policy

In the News

How Ending Tax-free Tuition Waivers Could Impact U.S. Higher Ed, Knowledge@Wharton, December 6, 2017
Graduate students would pay a price under GOP tax plan, The Boston Globe, December 4, 2017
Graduate students fear House's tax-reform plan would cost them their shots at advanced degrees, The Dallas Morning News, November 27, 2017