IRS- Tax forms must be submitted by April 15. No exceptions.
Citizen A- But I didn’t have time! I had other things to do.
IRS – What things got in the way of a priority obligation that comes around ever year?
Citizen A – You know, like dances and field trips and clubs and stuff.
IRS – That’s OK. Just get it in when you have a chance, please.
Citizen B – I didn’t understand it. Can I just do it later?
IRS – Did you file for an extension with us first?
Citizen B- No.
IRS – Did you contact us for help ahead of time?
Citizen B – No.
IRS – Sure! Do whatever you want!
Citizen C – I have some other excuse. Can I get out of it, too?
IRS – Of course! Those firm deadlines aren’t for people with excuses for not getting it done.
Citizen D- This sucks. I don’t want to do it either.
IRS – Hey, sure, cool. No pressure. Do some of it when you can, or not. Whatever you want.
Citizen E- I already did my taxes, but I did them way, way wrong. Can I still turn them in and get credit?
IRS- Fine by me! It wouldn’t be fair to make you do them over.
Boss- Smithson, you’ve been late to work more often than not, you no-call/no-showed twice, your last expense report was copied from Wikipedia, and you keep breaking the company’s policy about no personal calls during work hours. I’m afraid I have to reduce your salary.
Employee- You can’t do that! You hate me! That’s not fair!