Shout99 notes that even Google Street View is being used by HMRC to identify lifestyles beyond those which equate to the income reported by suspected tax evaders.
However, Street View is not "real time" and what it shows may be misinterpreted. UHY Hacker Young pointed to an example of a taxpayer being wrongly identified as sending his/her children to a private school, because of a Street View image showing his fence with a poster advertising the school's fete. It transpired that the poster was in fact on the neighbour's fence.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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