A person attempting to read the entire U.S. Tax Code faces a daunting task.
Much more daunting than attempting to read the entirety of the Christian Scripture, for instance.
Admittedly, most citizens of the U.S. are in a category which allows the taxpayer to read the instructions for Form 1040, followed by the instructions for Schedule A and a handful of related documents...or to trust the computer wizards who created TurboTax.
Still, there can be surprises for people who aren't well-versed in the tax code.
Gifts, inheritance, basis points, self-employment taxes, married-filing-separately or married-filing-jointly, ...and the tax-that-was-not-called-a-tax for people who fail to purchase health insurance.
It's a mess.
I'll keep on reading the Bible. And I'll try to keep an eye on the tax code.
But I'll note that it's very hard for mis-interpretation of the Bible to lead to jail terms and hefty fines.
And that if I get bad advice from a tax preparer or an employee of the Internal Revenue Service's help-desk, I am considered at fault.