I still haven't finished my taxes

I do it every year.

I wait until the last minute to file my taxes. And once again, I'm doing it again.

If you're reading this on April 15, and it's not yet 5:30 p.m., when my post office closes, I can pretty much guarantee that I'm not finished with my taxes. If it's after 5:30 p.m., I'm probably contemplating breaking into my post office.

I know I'm not alone, or at least I'm not, judging from all the articles out there in the newspapers, writing about the late filers. In this day of political correctness, there aren't many groups that we can kid, but, boy, do we like to poke fun at the tax filing procrastinators.
You can almost hear the glee in the newspaper headlines:

"Why did you wait so long?" (Victorville, California)
"Clock is ticking on tax returns." (Flint, Michigan)
"Procrastinators Find April Taxing" (Dubuque, Iowa)

And then there's the most condescending of them all from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Have you done your taxes yet?"

NO, I haven't! What's wrong with my filing late, ANYWAY, you punk columnist, you?! You wanma piece of me!

OK, I guess that last one wasn't so bad. But I'm getting a little sensitive. And nervous. Anyone have the time?

Geoff Williams is a business journalist and the author of C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Rodale).

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