If you do not know, you will now be warned: the tax authorities will monitor the social networks of the French to identify potential smart people who would post on the Internet facts and gestures that would suggest that they are not clear with the tax authorities. Except, privacy dictates, there is an easy way out of this control.
Monitoring of social networks by the tax authorities will begin
In the Finance law for 2020, the government has endowed the tax authorities with a new weapon in the fight against tax fraud: the monitoring of social networks. For example, the tax authorities want to identify people who post facts (comments, photos, etc.) on social networks that could show that their tax returns are not compliant. A simple (and very cliché) example? Being at RSA and buying a Ferrari… it’s not very consistent. Naturally, the person may in the meantime have become a millionaire, but let’s say that Bercy has the right to ask himself some questions about the veracity of his tax returns.
Bercy will therefore analyze the main social networks… and the platforms for connecting individuals, such as LeBonCoin, AirBnb and others. The decree of application of the law having been published on February 13, 2021, we know a little more … and in particular how to escape the fiscal Big Brother.
The tax authorities cannot… collect private information
If the security and privacy parameters of social networks were already important… they take on a whole new dimension with the experimentation of the monitoring of social networks by the tax authorities. In accordance with the request of the CNIL, Bercy must respect the privacy of the French.
Thus, article 2 of decree n ° 2021-148 of February 11, 2021 ” laying down modalities for the implementation by the General Directorate of Public Finances and the General Directorate of Customs and indirect rights of computerized and automated processing allowing the collection and use of data made public on the websites of online platform operators »Gives some details on what the tax authorities can and especially cannot do:
“Only content relating to the person who deliberately disclosed them and to which access does not require entering a password or registering on the site in question can be collected and used. “
Basically, it’s simple: the tax authorities can only collect what is fully public. If your publications are in private, if your account is only accessible to friends, if you have to create an account and connect to it to see your publications … Bercy can do absolutely nothing : impossible for the tax authorities to collect the data, and even less to use them.
So all you have to do is review all of your social media settings to make sure nothing is public, and voila.