The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation unit released an annual report Friday showing that it increased investigations, prosecutions and convictions of tax evaders and preparers last year.

Investigations initiated and prosecution recommendations were both up nearly 9 percent in fiscal 2012 compared to the prior year, according to the report. Filings of indictments and other charging documents increased 13 percent. Meanwhile, conviction and sentencing both gained approximately 12 percent from the prior year.

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