Lithuania to turn Google Street View on tax cheats

Feb 07, 2013
A car operating for Google Street drives through the old town in Vinius on June 7, 2012. Lithuanian tax authorities said Thursday they would use the Baltic state's recently launched Google Street View platform to track tax cheats by identifying the real value of property holdings.

Lithuanian tax authorities said Thursday they would use the Baltic state's recently launched Google Street View platform to track tax cheats by identifying the real value of property holdings.

"It will help ascertain which property is 'hiding' under the entry recorded in the real-estate register and provide a preliminary assessment of whether the value corresponds to the declared value," Lithuanian deputy state tax inspector Arturas Klerauskas told AFP.

The Google application, which lets users view panoramic street scenes on , will also be used to examine buildings which are far from tax offices before deciding if a more thorough investigation is needed, he added.

"This tool might also help identify unregistered real estate," Klerauskas said.

was launched in Lithuania a week ago, after Google overcame initial reluctance on the part of the authorities that stemmed from privacy and security concerns.

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kris2lee
1 / 5 (1) Feb 07, 2013
Way to go Lithuania, way to go!

Instead of protecting your citizens privacy you are going to harass them.

Shows perfectly how technological advantage in surveillance technology leads to more totalitarian state.
islatas
not rated yet Feb 07, 2013
Considering how short this article is you'd think the subject of the story would be spelled right. Vi'l'nius.