Big Four firm KPMG LLP, which is in talks with the Justice Department related to the agency's ongoing tax shelter probe, said that it takes "full responsibility" for the past unlawful conduct by some its former partners.

Since February 2004, the Department of Justice has been investigating some tax services that were offered by the firm from 1996 to 2002. The DOJ probe is part of a larger tax shelter investigation into the role of accounting firms, law firms, large banks and taxpayers who participated in the development, promotion and implementation of tax shelters.

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