The taxman uses Google to detect undeclared swimming pools

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The taxman uses Google to detect undeclared swimming pools

According to a report in Le Canard Enchaîné, Google is going to develop automated detection models for undeclared swimming pools for the French tax authorities as part of the “Innovative Property” programme.

The tax authorities have called on Google to develop the artificial intelligence model for the new tool, which is designed to help surveyors detect tax-related issues that require them to go out into the field. Google will also provide the infrastructure and hosting for the software.

The Directorate General of Public Finances (DGFiP) told BFMTV. “The algorithms make it possible to extract the outlines of swimming pools and buildings from public aerial images of the IGN. A computer processing then checks whether the pools and buildings thus detected are correctly taxed…”.

The tool is in a test phase

The national land registry documentation service (SDNC) is currently carrying out a test phase, notably in the Bouches-du-Rhône and Vendée regions.

The newspaper La Dépêche, which also relayed the information on its website, highlights a contradiction, calling Google a “multi-recidivist of tax fraud”.

Translated from Le Fisc fait appel à Google pour détecter les piscines non déclarées

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