Revenue using social networks to catch tax dodgers

first_imgTHE FINANCE MINISTER has told an Oireachtas committee that social networks are being used to hunt tax cheats.In his introductory remarks to today’s Finance Sub-Committee, Michael Noonan said that ‘big data’ was helping crack down on tax evasion.“To detect those involved in tax evasion, shadow economy and smuggling activities Revenue used ‘big data’ and innovative technology such as social network analysis and predictive analytics.”Despite the hi-tech methods employed, Revenue has asked for a budget down on 2013′s allocation – €320 million against last year’s €323 million.Noonan added that compliance with the Local Property Tax stood at 91 per cent, with €76 million already collected for this year.The Minister said that an “effective and modern” tax regime was “crucial”.A Revenue spokesperson had not responded to a request for comment before posting.Read: €24.5m yielded by Revenue in compliance campaign for those with two pensionsRead: Lawyer found guilty of tax evasion – four years after he diedlast_img read more

Two dead after bridge collapses on bus in World Cup host city

first_imgUpdated 23.18pmAN OVERPASS UNDER construction has collapsed in a World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car, Brazilian authorities said. Nineteen people were reported injured.The incident took place on a main avenue, the expansion of which is one of the infrastructure improvement projects planned for the World Cup but like most urban transportation projects related to the tournament was not finished on time for the event.There was no word of any tourists being among the casualties.A woman who was driving a commuter bus trapped by the overpass died, said Capt. Federico Pascual of the Belo Horizonte fire department. An official in the mayor’s office said a second person died, raising the death toll to two.The official said 19 people were known to be injured so far. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media about the incident.The overpass collapsed about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the Mineirao stadium, which has hosted several World Cup matches in recent weeks and is the site of a semifinal match Tuesday.The overpass “arched over a really busy thoroughfare,” Pascual said.Security camera footage showed heavy traffic on the street below the structure the moment that the overpass collapsed, striking vehicles below and trapping them underneath.Originally published 8.53pmlast_img read more