Real estate taxes: 120,000 undeclared swimming pools discovered in France

If you have a swimming pool and have never declared it to the tax authorities, keep an eye on your email and mailbox because there’s a good chance the government has found it using its new ‘Innovative Land’ tool.

The Directorate General of Public Finances (DGFiP) has announced that it has been sending emails and letters to more than 120,000 swimming pool owners since the end of May who have been flagged for having a swimming pool, but are yet to declare it, and inviting them to rectify the situation.

It marks the second phase of the ‘Innovative Land’ project, which uses artificial intelligence to automate the use of aerial shots and uncover undeclared swimming pools.

How to report your pool to authorities?

The French government this year introduced a new real estate declaration, which must be completed by all owners of accommodation – apartment, house, or garage, by 30th June 2023, including non-residents.

Those who have received an alert email must reply within 30 days of receipt of the email and declare the swimming pool online via the ‘Real Estate’ section on the site.

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