The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation unit is issuing a stern warning to New Jersey tax preparers as it cracks down on preparers who falsify tax returns, while cautioning taxpayers to choose preparers carefully.

“Knowingly falsifying documents filed with the IRS is a crime,” said Shantelle P. Kitchen, IRS–Criminal Investigation acting special agent in charge of the Newark Field Office, in a statement. “Dishonest return preparers use a variety of methods to cheat the government. It is your responsibility to know what is on your income tax return. You are ultimately responsible for what gets filed with the IRS.”

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