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Aug. 30, 2022, 11:51 AM

France Catches Tax-Dodging Pool Owners With AI Tool

William Horobin
William Horobin
Bloomberg News

The next time you take a plunge in a private pool in France, the tax-man may be watching.

An experiment using artificial intelligence and satellite images of just a handful of French regions has already discovered around 20,000 undeclared swimming pools, enabling the tax office to collect 10 million euros ($10 million) in penalties and dues for 2022.

The government expects that expanding the use of the new tool, which is also designed to detect building extensions and outhouses, will enable local authorities to collect another 40 million euros in levies in 2023.

“The aim is to fight more effectively ...

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