Thomas Dalton

Thomas Dalton
Phone: (619) 260-4102
Office: Olin Hall 221

Professor of Accounting and Taxation

  • PhD, University of Houston, Accounting
  • MS, San Diego State University, Business Administration/Accounting
  • BS, San Diego State University, Environmental Health

Tom Dalton is a professor of accounting and taxation in the University of San Diego School of Business. He served as the Associate Dean from 2000 until 2004 and as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs from 2009 to 2015. He has published numerous tax planning articles in professional journals and tax related research studies in academic journals. He is a Certified Public Accountant and, prior to entering academia, was a tax consultant for Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte). Recent consulting activities include expert testimony on educational issues and individual and business tax planning. He is a past president of the California Society of CPAs San Diego Chapter. During his career he has taught courses in financial statement analysis, individual tax, corporate tax, partnership tax and retirement planning.

Areas of Expertise

partnership tax, corporate tax, Individual tax planning, retirement planning


  • Steber Professor, 2003-04

Selected Publications

  • Boudreau, B., Dalton, T. (2013) Simulating the effect of a flat tax model, CPA Journal, 83(10), 15-21.
  • Dalton, T. (2012) Navigating the foreign student filing requirements, Practical Tax Strategies, 88(4), 175-179.
  • Dalton, T., Deshpande, S. (2011) Quantifying the choice between a Roth and traditional IRA, Practical Tax Strategies, 87(3), 112:119.
  • Dalton, T. (2006) Retirement at Age 62: Is Receiving Social Security Early Worth It?, The CPA Journal, LXXVI(6), 42-48.
  • Dalton, T., Custin, R. (2016) Social Security: Projecting The Optimal Collection Age In An Era of Low Investment Returns, Practical Tax Strategies / Thomson Reuters, 4(October).
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San Diego Union-Tribune, Despite Perceptions, Social Security Not Beyond Repair, 2015

Office Hours

Section 06
9/04 - 12/09 M W 12:00 pm - 2:00 pmOlin Hall - 221
9/06 - 12/11 W 5:30 pm - 6:30 pmOlin Hall - 221
Section 07
9/04 - 12/09 M W 12:00 pm - 2:00 pmOlin Hall - 221
9/06 - 12/11 W 5:30 pm - 6:30 pmOlin Hall - 221