Mindy S. Meigs is senior trial counsel with Wilson Tax Law Group. Prior to joining our law firm, she worked approximately 15 years as a trial attorney for the IRS and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office, Tax Division. Her practice as a tax attorney is dedicated to handling all aspects of tax controversy, including audits, collection, international tax, and bankruptcy tax.
She has extensive experience and insight from her time in the government sector, which greatly benefits her clients. Ms. Meigs’ tax litigation and trial experience in both U.S Tax Court, as an IRS Attorney, and in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, resulted in numerous reported decisions. She has litigated over 1000 tax cases in U.S. Tax Court arising from notices of deficiency, collections and innocent spouse determinations, encompassing a wide variety of issues, including unreported income, partnership tax, collection matters, and various penalties such as the civil fraud penalty.
Ms. Meigs has exceptional familiarity with the IRS’s practices and procedures due to her tenure at various IRS field offices in San Diego, Laguna Niguel and Los Angeles. In addition to litigating high level tax cases, Ms. Meigs provided legal guidance to groups of revenue officers and revenue agents. She advised the IRS Collection Division on large dollar collection cases, including income, estate, payroll taxes, Abusive Tax Avoidance Transactions (ATAT), nominee, alter ego, transferee, and fiduciary liability investigations.
While at the IRS she also worked closely with the IRS Examination Division. In particular she advised IRS agents on the development of the civil fraud penalty, authorized fraud penalty deficiency notices, and advised specially trained IRS agents on abusive tax return preparer and promoter investigations. She now defends individuals, businesses and tax professionals who are being investigated by the IRS for these same issues.
As a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and in private practice, Ms. Meigs litigates tax matters in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, including objections to claims, suits to determine tax liabilities under the Bankruptcy Code, and actions to determine whether tax debts are dischargeable. Ms. Meigs also handles refund suits, wrongful levy suits, suits for damages, suits to reduce tax assessments to judgment, suits to foreclose on real and personal property, suits to recover erroneous refunds, suits to impose fiduciary or transferee liability, as well as DOJ actions to enjoin alleged tax promoters and abusive tax return preparers.
Ms. Meigs is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law where she also earned her Master of Laws in Taxation. She earned her undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Concordia University, Irvine.
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central and Southern Districts, California
Supreme Court of the State of California (and all lower courts)