(CNN) – As you prepare to file your taxes this year, keep in mind that if you don’t play by the rules, you could be in a big trouble.
The head of the IRS is advising taxpayers that when using a tax preparer, the mere suggestion of falsifying documents to reduce tax bills or inflate tax refunds should be a huge red flag.
The IRS says the act of filing a false return can lead to a five-thousand-dollar penalty. Participation in a scam may also lead to interest and penalties on any back taxes you might owe, and possibly criminal prosecution.
Bottom line: never let anyone talk you into claiming deductions or credits to which you’re not entitled, and never let others file a false return on your behalf.