France uses Capgemini/Google AI to identify undeclared swimming pools, bringing in nearly $14 million in undeclared taxes
In collaboration with Capgemini and Google, the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques commissioned an AI in 2021, to digitize aerial photographs of swimming pools and cross-reference the results with the records of real estate and tax databases in order to identify undeclared constructions for tax assessment in 9/26 regions . To date, the program has identified 20,356 undeclared swimming pools totaling nearly €10 million in additional tax revenue, due to the post-pandemic swimming pool building boom.
french newspaper The Parisian reports that the Undocumented Pools Discovery Project is somewhat controversial, but not for the reasons one might expect. Capgemini, a multinational IT company headquartered in Paris, has come under fire for using US tech giant Google as a subcontractor for cloud processing on the project. Google has a long history of tax disputes with the French government. Controversies aside, Le Fisc plans to roll out the program nationwide soon, which will result in additional tax revenue estimated at 40 million euros.
France reveals hidden swimming pools with AI, taxes them | Ars-Technica
The scope of AI is now expanding to the whole of France as well as to more construction types.
The AI software has been so successful in identifying Franco-Aquatic offenses that the tax authorities are considering deploying it to catch potential tax evaders with property extensions, annexes and terraces.
“We are particularly targeting house extensions such as verandas, but you have to make sure that the software can find buildings with a large footprint and not the kennel or the children’s playhouse,” explained the deputy general manager. public finance Antoine Magnant. The Parisian.
Google AI spots 20,000 undeclared pools in $14 million tax windfall for French government | SmartCompany
Reading about the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques employing AI to assess hidden taxable assets reminds me of the 1998 French comedy “The Dinner Game (Le Diner de Cons)”, where Jacques Villeret plays a tax expert with an eye savvy for tax evasion, but everything else is a well-meaning mess.