Risk & Compliance Identifying Tax Fraud through Social Network Analysis

Tax Fraud: Finding the hidden connections

Social Network Analysis (SNA) tools hold the potential to help tax and revenue agencies identify non-compliance and tax fraud.  These tools have been proven to be effective in fraud detection¹, but to date haven’t been utilized to any large degree at tax agencies.  This blog describes what an SNA tool is, and how it can be utilized at a tax agency. Social Networking Analysis Explained SNA is an analytic approach of correlating people, entities and relationships to determine how tightly an individual or business is related to others who have known compliance issues.  These relationships can be from shared phone numbers, physical addresses, bank accounts, credit cards, or any other connection that is available through data capture.  The results of the SNA can show the risk that a specific individual or business presents, based on their relationship with others who have known issues within the network.  As can be seen... [Read More]

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Analytics & Optimization Want to Operationalize Analytics? Here’s Where to Start


Thoughts From Gartner’s Data and Analytics Summit This week I was at Gartner’s Data and Analytics Summit in Grapevine Texas, with my FICO team. This is an event we never miss, it’s attended by thousands of experts, analysts, data scientists and analytics leaders. This year’s Summit was dominated by presentations and conversations about data, analytics, explainable artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning; nearly every discussion came to the same point — we want to use data and technology to gain competitive advantage and deliver real business value, but how? There was a wide variety of opinions, Gartner asserted that “to accomplish this feat, data and analytic leaders must master four key dimensions of scale: diversity, literacy, complexity, and trust.” In many of my conversations at the Summit, I shared my own view of what it takes to operationalize analytics. By this I mean, take all of the data and insights... [Read More]

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