With less than one month left in the 2021 tax season, the U.S. Department of Justice urges taxpayers to choose their return preparers wisely, according to a news release.

“Unscrupulous preparers who include errors or false information on a customer’s return could leave a taxpayer open to liability for unpaid taxes, penalties, and interest,” the news release said.

Over the last year, the Justice Department’s Tax Division has worked with U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country to bring both civil and criminal action against dishonest tax preparers, seeking as appropriate civil injunctions to stop ongoing fraud, civil penalties or disgorgement of ill-gotten proceeds, and criminal sanctions.

The Justice Department “intends to send a strong message that those who prepare fraudulent returns will face serious and…

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