Argentina is using drones to weed out tax evaders

As drones are becoming cheaper, their usefulness has expanded as well. Now drones can be used by hobbyists, videographers, and let’s not forget law enforcement as well. As it turns out and according to a report from The Telegraph, South American countries such as Argentina have started using drones to seek out millionaires who might be evading their taxes. How is this possible? Well it seems that some millionaires have reportedly registered their properties as empty lots. Sounds innocent enough, right? However when the police decided to fly their drones up there to take a look and instead of discovering an empty plot of land, law enforcement has stumbled upon sprawling mansions with swimming pools and whatnot.

The Argentine government has used drones to catch out wealthy tax evaders who had not declared mansions and swimming pools. Unmanned aircraft were dispatched over an upper class area of Buenos Aires and discovered 200 homes and 100 pools that had not been detailed on returns. Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty. The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been warned they now face large fines. The unregistered mansions and pools were found in an area about 10 miles south of the city and, according to the tax agency, they appeared to be large and constructed with “premium materials”. Use of drones has been expanding in Argentina and the rest of South America with the unmanned vehicles being deployed for purposes as diverse as locating drug smuggling routes, monitoring farm crops, and looking for archaeological sites. According to the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, most of the drone technology being sold to South American governments and companies – $500 million worth between 2005 and 2012 – comes from Israel, but drones are also being produced cheaply in Mexico.

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By Chastity Mansfield

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