France to Use Social Media Against Tax Evaders
French Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin said this week that their tax administrators will now be hunting for tax cheats on social media in a pilot program which will begin in early 2019.
Darmanin said that they will try to identify potential frauds by analyzing public data on social media accounts. For example, people that have lots of posts with luxury cars but do not have the means to own one may be looked into, the budget minister said.
The measure is part of a law the country enacted last October which seeks to give the authorities’ more power to fight tax fraud and allow a wider use of online data to bolster fiscal controls.