The tax authorities track down your swimming pool but screw it up royally

The tax authorities track down your swimming pool but screw it up royally
The tax authorities track down your swimming pool but screw it up royally

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AI confuses a swimming pool with a disabled place

The French tax authorities have adopted a new method to identify your undeclared garden sheds or swimming pools: the use of satellite images. This tool, much more powerful than images on Google Maps or Apple Plans, makes it possible to detect anomalies in private properties, thus pushing owners to comply with the mandatory declaration of new installations via the Cerfa form.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is at the heart of this surveillance technology, analyzing images to identify structures such as swimming pools or cabanas. However, the effectiveness of AI is not infallible: in one in three cases, recognition errors are reported, sometimes confusing a blue tarp covering a pile of wood or even a disabled parking space with a swimming pool.

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Owners confronted with these errors find themselves obliged to prove their innocence. This situation can cause additional administrative procedures and stress for citizens who are in good standing. It is therefore crucial for any owner to know their rights and the steps to take in the event of a dispute, in particular the possibility of submitting clear photographic evidence of the absence of undeclared constructions.

For owners of garden sheds less than 1.80 m high, it is good to know that these structures are not subject to taxation. This highlights the importance of being familiar with current legislation and staying informed of updates to avoid misunderstandings and unnecessary penalties.

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