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Artificial Intelligence’s New Job: More Efficient Tax Collector

April 5, 2021, 8:45 AM

Artificial intelligence algorithms in France are about to start trawling the internet for taxpayers dumb enough to flaunt their undeclared income on social media.

Residents in neighboring Spain can turn to an IBM Watson-powered chatbot to help navigate complexities of the country’s value-added tax law.

In the U.S., appraisers in North Carolina’s most populous county are using AI to help chart property prices and tweak valuation algorithms.

And tax administrators globally say the coronavirus pandemic has only heightened the need for the kind of efficient, low-cost tax collection tools facilitated by AI.

“Governments in Latin America must put themselves into ...