How French Authorities Used Google and AI to Scan For Tax Dodgers Undeclared Pools

How French Authorities Used Google and AI to Scan For Tax Dodgers Undeclared Pools ...

People used to dodge the taxman as early as the times, but today, thanks to innovative uses of AI and technology, there is no need to hide.

According to a Guardian story, French tax authorities used both Google and AI to discover undeclared swimming pools and collect their dues from potential tax dodgers.

Authorities have partnered up with Google and Capgemini to develop a system that can identify swimming pools across the country using aerial photographs.

The land is searched for bits of blue, and the images are cross-referenced against a land registry database, with tax authorities checking which pools are registered and which are not.

"We are particularly interested in house extensions like verandas, but we need to ensure that software can recognize large footprints, not the dog kennel or the children's playhouse," said France's deputy director general of public finances.

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Last year, the tax authorities identified 20,356 undeclared pools using the technology – it's a lot of data, but France loves its pools.

France has over three million private swimming pools, the second largest market in the world after the United States, according to this publication.

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