China prepares to unleash artificial intelligence to catch tax cheats (SCMP, 2019)

The AI system is linked to a number of different databases, allowing it to cross-check information. Photo: AFP

Researchers involved in project say it will make it almost impossible to avoid detection, while the current fragmented system is easier to get around. Concerns about economic impact may delay its introduction as many private firms rely on informal deals with local tax authorities to limit the amount they pay. The AI engine has been embedded in the heart of the Golden Tax System, the software used by the State Taxation Administration, China’s top tax office.

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