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The "Xenon" program -- a reference to the super-bright auto headlights that light up dark places -- was started in The Netherlands in 2004 by the Dutch equivalent of the IRS, Belastingdienst. It has since been expanded and enhanced by international group of tax authorities in Austria, Denmark, Britain and Canada, with the assistance of Amsterdam-based data mining firm Sentient Machine Research.
Xenon is primarily a spider: a program that downloads a web page, then traverses its links and downloads those as well, ad infinitum. In this manner spiders can create huge datasets of web material, while preserving the relationships between pages at the moment they were spidered -- something that can reveal a lot about the people that made the pages.
Tax bots or not, trying to cheat on taxes this why is beyond idiotic
Actually (and at least in the US) personal earnings are related to a maximum figure and the issuance of a 1099.
Not sure if seller forums (eBay and others) or payment fourms (Pay Pal and others) are included or excluded from the issuance of 1099's?
That means it probably won't read robots.txt either which would expose it as a bot.
Assuming the spider is as stupid as all the rest and it will fall into spider traps and become known eventually.
It's a well-known fact, however, that the IRS has been working on analytic heuristical methods and even artificial intelligence for the purpose of identifying possible tax cheats.
One method those systems would use would be based upon individual profiling. For instance, it would look at your car, the neighborhood you live in and other factors to see if your reported income is inched over a threshold into an atypically low amount. This sort of profiling is already used by some degree to red-flag people for possible audits.
The IRS's apparent goal is to be able to access and process enough information to just send everyone a bill, no longer requiring that tax forms be filled out and submitted.
Revenue Canada is testing a software program known as a Xenon spider that's designed to crawl the Internet searching for tax evaders, according to a report.
The department is joining four other nations in test-driving a new computer program that is designed to catch tax cheats using the Internet.