Saturday 25 October 2014

Revenue scouring Facebook and Twitter for tax cheats

Published 15/01/2014 | 16:57

Revenue Commissioners

Revenue is using social media websites like Twitter and Facebook to scour for tax cheats.

The Finance Minister Michael Noonan revealed to the Finance Committee that Revenue is sourcing out those involved in tax evasion or smuggling on the internet, and using 'predictive analytics'.

Mr Noonan said: "To detect those involved in tax evasion, the shadow economy and smuggling activities, Revenue uses big data and innovative technology, such as social network analysis and predictive analytics."

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