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Google Earth helps uncover tax fraud

Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 22, 2007: Argentina’s tax authorities are using Google Earth’s satellite to track down fraud. According to Buenos Aires province tax official Santiago Montoya, images of properties from the sky can help square the actual size of properties with that declared by taxpayers to make sure the proper amount of taxes is being paid. Existing property maps were superimposed in Google Earth to reveal the changes. The online Google Earth service is also being used to check if taxpayers may have expanded their homes in ways that would increase their value for taxation.