For educational purposes: the riots in Ukraine

While talking about the current riots in Ukraine may risk introducing politics into our tax and accounting discussions at the Huddleston blog, there are worse things that could happen. After all, we’re not taking a side, but just hoping to contribute to the wider education of the important issues. It seems at least some of the discussion in the media covering the Ukraine riots is focused on depictions of the conflict without offering any real perspective on what is actually happening or why and thereby contributing to a sort of objectifying effect. Obviously, this is not fair to Ukrainians and only makes us dumber. In other words, when we profess to care for Ukraine maybe we care for all the wrong reasons.

So to do our part, we’ve decided to reblog this article (written by a CPA) entitled, “Self-Determination, For Rich Countries.” The article wonders if it wouldn’t be such a bad idea if the Ukraine split up into two parts: one under Russian influence, one under EU and US influence. The current Western stance towards Russian encroachment on Ukraine is that political and social influence is fine for a variety of reasons, but any tampering with Ukraine’s physical boundaries would be stepping over the line. In the article’s final estimation, it appears that both Russia and the West have a say about Ukraine’s physical boundaries and political allegiances, but Ukraine itself, a very poor and mismanaged country, does not.

Maybe this list of things you didn’t know about Ukraine will help you better understand why this may or may not be a good idea.

In any event, we at Huddleston Tax CPAs are filing taxes in preparation of IRS deadlines, and we look forward to hearing from you about how we can help you do that. Call us at (425) 483-6600!

About the author

Seattle CPA+John Huddleston has written extensively on tax related subjects of interest to small business owners. Since 2002, he has owned his own small business, Huddleston Tax CPAs. He is a graduate of Washington State University and the University of Washington School of Law.

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