Google helps taxman indirectly

Watch out…the HMRC is using big data analytics to catch corporate tax avoiders. The taxman is taking advantage of open source Hadoop technology to scour tax returns for compliance. So it is rather poetic that the taxman is using Hadoop, an open source implementation of Google’s proprietary MapReduce functions, to catch companies that avoid paying UK tax.

Say, Google, how come you only paid £11.6 million tax in 2012 on UK earnings of  £3.4bn? Not to worry, I’m sure that thanks to your clever analytics technology HMRC’s Hadoop engine will help spot any possible filing errors in your 2013 tax return.

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