Tax authorities will use Google Maps to track unreported pools

French tax authorities will rely on Google Maps to locate unreported pools, garages or balconies. As part of the “Innovative Land” project, automatic detection software developed by Bercy and Google will scan satellite photos from across France for tax-evading buildings.

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According to information from Canard Enchaîné, French tax authorities have signed a partnership with Google to wash pools and other undeclared extensions. Entitled “Innovative Ownership”, the project intends to compare the satellite maps of Google Maps with the information provided in the register.

Questioned by BFM TV, the Directorate-General for Public Finance (DGFIP) describes the solution in these terms: “Concretely, the algorithms make it possible to extract the contours of swimming pools and buildings from public aerial images of the IGN (National Institute of Geographical and Forestry Information). The computer processing then checks whether the pools and buildings thus detected are correctly taxed under direct local taxes (in particular, the property tax). Otherwise, the owner of the property is invited to regularize his situation ”.

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An artificial intelligence will be responsible for detecting swimming pools and other buildings that have not been declared by the French owners. THERE “It’s based on the technological bricks that Google invented and popularized, making them open source”, details Bercy. Thanks to this tool, DGFIP is waiting limit field interventions of its agents.

The tool is already in testing. According to Canard Enchaîné, 13 departmental brigades of the national cadastral documentation service received a list of 1,000 sites that could house undeclared constructions. Google’s algorithm detected a difference between the registration statements and the Google Maps data. The mapping service has already been used locally by the tax authorities to track illegal pools. Bercy found that a third of the swimming pools in the city of Marmande escaped taxes in 2017.

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“Intended to help surveyors in detecting fiscal elements that require field trips”, the tool was developed by Google and the French company Capgemini. Unsurprisingly, several voices have already been raised in order to criticize the project. Stéphanie Lapeyre, a lawyer specializing in new technology law, believes that the tool is“Very intrusive in the end to the rights and freedoms, in particular the private lives of individuals.” What do you think of Google’s engagement project? We look forward to hearing from you in the comments.

Source: BFM




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