'Proceeds from begging are taxable. You are supposed to pay taxes even if your means of income is begging.'

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun said this at a lecture saying that some beggars are earning millions which should be taxed.

She said to ascertain the income status of the companies/individuals and their lifestyle, tax investigators would rely on the following:

1. Information derived from Bank Verification Number (BVN)

2. Records of property ownership

3. Records of foreign exchange allocation

4. Records of company ownership from the Corporate Affairs Commission.

Adeosun said, "We are using some firms to trace assets internationally. The investigators’ findings will enable us compare the income and how much tax the company/person is really paying, and that gives us lots of information. But we encourage people to come up and pay their taxes willingly.

“You can register a high-end car. It tells me something about your income. So we look at your tax returns. If you registered Mercedes E-Class and you are paying N100,000 tax, then something is wrong. Those are red flags. We now have the capacity to assess people accurately.”

"We are trying to build an economy where we have oil and other things. It is going to be oil plus and wider economy."