The IRS wants to use social media to catch tax cheats

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by hawki, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    "The IRS wants to use social media to catch tax cheats...

    The IRS is looking for a social media search tool that will, among other things:

    Provide a product that is easily explainable in court.

    Provide real time, customizable reports of publicly available social media information (provided or advertised by businesses), such as new products, current sales, and new locations.

    Provide reports showing that a taxpayer participated in an online chat room, blog, or forum, and reports showing the chat room or blog conversation threads.

    Provide available biometric data, such as photos, current address, or changes to marital status.

    Provide access for at least 25,000 concurrent users..."

    https://qz.com/1507962/the-irs-wants-to-use-facebook-and-instagram-to-catch-tax-evaders/
     
  2. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Hey, smart move. I've read about many cases where people have pwned themselves on social media. Faking disability after work injuries is a common one. So they're on disability, and then post photos on Facebook etc showing them engaged in some physically strenuous sport.

    The IRS has always sought evidence of undeclared income. If I recall correctly, people who report such fraud can get ~30% of the unpaid tax as a reward. So this is just a logical extension.

    And yet another example that shows the importance of compartmentalization :)
     
  3. Palancar

    Palancar Registered Member

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    You mean Mirimir is not your Real Name? LOL!
     
  4. deBoetie

    deBoetie Registered Member

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    Ironic that the facilities being used to catch tax cheats are from social media companies that pay nugatory tax.
     
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