09.02.2018 change 09.02.2018

The project of "vatmen" from Kraków will help detect tax fraud

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The project prepared by Cracow University of Technology students dubbed "vatmen" will help detect tax fraud - not just in Poland, but also abroad. The Ministry of Finance plans to use their innovative software named "VAT Hunter".

The pioneering solution is based on an in an automatic, computer analysis of fraudster activity data. Young scholars do not want to reveal the details of how the software works, because disclosed details could help tax defaulters avoid detection.

"Our software creates personal-capital connections and receives data from the so-called +shame lists+ of tax defaulters in other European Union countries" - explains Łukasz Maj, one of the project authors.

"Shame lists" are published by a number of countries. If a taxpayer is on the list, officials can download it and check whether that taxpayer is also active in Poland. If it turns out that a given entity is a deliberate tax defaulter, the state can implement appropriate controls.

Maj explains that until now data about the fraudulent activity have been analysed manually. The system developed by young IT specialists from Kraków will process these data automatically.

Hi fellow "vatman" Paweł Muszyński says that other countries are already asking the Polish Ministry of Finance about the solution. "I think that we will engage in cooperation with the interested countries" - he says.

The idea of young computer scientists (Kamil Kapka, Łukasz Maj, Paweł Muszyński, Jarosław Prochal, Michał Sikora, and Zbigniew Wieczorek) won the award in the MinFinTech competition co-organized by the Ministry of Finance. The authors received a PLN 50,000 prize and the title of "vatmen".

"The solution developed by students is innovative on a European scale and will be implemented in the state ecosystem" - says Justyna Orłowska, MinFinTech competition coordinator at the Ministry of Finance. (PAP)

author: Beata Kołodziej

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