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Can tax officials follow you incognito on social media ?

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For several years, Bercy agents have been able to analyze numerous online data to better detect fraud. But social networks were out of their reach, thanks to the veto of the CNIL (National Commission for Information Technology and Liberties). But not for long…

In December 2023, the finance bill for 2024 was definitively adopted. Tax officials now have the green light to search taxpayers' social networks to expand the data collected online and catch fraudsters.

Until Gradually, tax officials could simply take a look at “obviously accessible” content that did not require registration on a platform. Which was already the fruit of an initial 3-year experiment. With the adoption of this bill, they will be able to access content that requires the creation of an account. We're talking about TikTok, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and even Instagram. But there are several conditions.

There are rules to follow

To begin with, nothing is decided yet. Indeed, tax agents still have to wait for the decree to be published in the Official Journal. At the moment we don't know when this will happen. There is therefore still a little time before tax agents arrive in your subscribers under false profiles.

But above all, these creations of false accounts will be supervised . For a tax agent to sneakily infiltrate your social media followers, there has to be a good reason. Therefore, this will only be done if an investigation is underway. This process must be used for the purposes of research or the observation of serious breaches such as “failure or delay in declaration in the event of discovery of occult activity”, “deliberate inadequacies in declaration or linked to an abuse of rights or fraudulent maneuvers” or even “the disposition of property or sums of money relating to an illicit activity, giving rise to a presumption of income”.

Remember that this is an experiment given that it is quite difficult to prove the veracity of information retrieved from social networks. This two-year experiment follows three years of experimentation which then authorized tax agents to examine, in particular, content accessible without creating an account or even advertisements published on platforms such as Leboncoin, Vinted and Airbnb.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116