The Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service put on a bit of a dog and pony show yesterday, holding a special press conference to announce highlights of their work during the past year to enforce federal tax laws.

Since January 2001, the Justice Department has obtained injunctions against more than three dozen tax return preparers, including 18 since January 2006. During the 2006 fiscal year, the department’s Tax Division authorized prosecutions of nearly 1,200 defendants for tax crimes, an increase of more than 34 percent over the number authorized for prosecution in 2001.

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