Coronavirus and COVID-19 v. Tax Controversies, Keeping Perspective

By |2020-03-09T20:08:08-04:00March 9th, 2020|Not About Taxes|1 Comment

Usually the topics taken on in this blog relate to taxes, e.g., comparing IRS tax penalties, the so-called “voluntariness” of the tax system and how taking the meaning of “voluntary” when it comes to income tax can get a person into trouble.

Sometimes, though, the world outside the universe of taxation grabs everyone’s attention, and the outbreak and threat of a world-wide pandemic in the form of the new coronavirus which causes the illness named COVID-19 requires that the serious business of tax issue, tax problems, tax controversies must take a back seat to matters more pressing.

For example, how does one protect one’s self from an incurable, sometimes fatal, contagious disease with no vaccine, and no possibility of one for more than a year?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree: washing your hands a lot and well is one thing to do. But this is not just any hand washing; it is a thorough, whole hand, front and back and between-the-fingers kind of hand washing.

The World Health Organization has posted instructions, with words and diagrams showing on just exactly how to effectively wash your hands, and so render them “safe.” And you get to sing Happy Birthday. Twice. See below:

washing hands