Federal penalties for taxpayers accused of tax evasion, failure to file a return or making false statements to the Internal Revenue Service could increase dramatically later this year if Congress approves legislation being pushed by Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., to sweeten tax deductions for charitable volunteers.

Under the bill, the current $100,000 fine for attempting to "evade or defeat tax" liabilities would jump to $250,000, penalties for more serious violations would double to $1 million per offense, and the maximum prison term facing taxpayers would rise from five years to 10 years.

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