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Definition of Service April 15, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.

250px-New_Orleans_City_of_Old_Romance_and_New_Opportunity_Crop_p_23_MoneybagsHave you ever wondered how the Internal Revenue Service got its name?

Doesn’t the word “service” seem at odds with its function?

I’ve never been able to reconcile “taking money” and “raiding piggy banks” with the dictionary definition of “service.”

Until today.

3D-CowWhile waiting in line at the Post Office to pay my taxes, I overheard two farmers talking.

One of them said he had hired a bull to service a few cows.

Now I understand why it’s called the Internal Revenue Service.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Inspiration:  email from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

BTW:  Ever notice when you put “The” and “IRS” together it spells “Theirs”?



1. Jill Weatherholt - April 15, 2015

Ha ha! It’s fun to eavesdrop sometimes. 🙂

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Eavesdropping in public places can provide TMI ! 😳

2. Val Boyko - April 15, 2015

Hahaha … love it. Still waiting for my accountant to give me the numbers … its a day of service all right 😳

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Wow! You are “down to the wire” ~ I guess he’s still crunching the numbers for you.

Val Boyko - April 15, 2015

Its a she … and she thought she could do it quickly! Oh well … I’m not looking forward to standing in line at the post office!

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

See what people miss by e-filing? Long lines, sweet smells, and juicy gossip!

Val Boyko - April 15, 2015

We e-file but have to send checks off to the IRS… No rebates for the self employed 😉

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

I’ve always assumed e-filers made e-payments ~> a Direct Withdrawal from the taxpayer’s account into the IRS vault.

Doing the taxes when BFF was self-employed ~> tedious, frustrating, and time consuming.

3. anotherday2paradise - April 15, 2015

Hahaha. Good bit of observation. “Raiding the piggy banks” is putting it mildly. 😯

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Vern Buchannon sent a survey to constituents this week to ask if they thought they paid Too Much, Too Little, or The Right Amount in Federal Taxes.

Few respondents replied “Too Little.” :mrgreen:

anotherday2paradise - April 15, 2015

Why am I not surprised? 🙂

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

And the ones who answered “too little” may not have understood the question. 🙄

4. aladywrites4u - April 15, 2015

Yep, got serviced today by the IRS and she’s more expensive than the prize bull back on the farm.

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Yee Haw! That is one fine looking check you got there ~> Now, Give It Here!!!

aladywrites4u - April 15, 2015

Worse than that, just hand over that routing number and they’ll take what they like….

5. Valleygrail - April 15, 2015

I looked up the definition of service just to be sure; there is absolutely no definition of that word that describes what they do to the citizens of the USA. They need a new name. Great post!

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Thanks, VG. The original email talked about several different “service” organizations ~ US Postal Service, United Parcel Service, Social Services, etc.

The dichotomy between standard definition and application was strongest with the Internal Revenue Service. 😎

6. Pix Under the Oaks - April 15, 2015

CH and I both dying laughing here!

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Yay! Have a HAPPY Tax Day! We’ve got some errands to run and may pop in somewhere for a celebratory something.

Pix Under the Oaks - April 15, 2015

We won’t be celebrating Tax Day… we gave, did not receive. BUT we are celebrating the great nephew’s second birthday today… Yay! Real party this Saturday… he is so dang cute! Enjoy your celebratory something… wish we were there with you two!

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

I would love to be there with you this Saturday ~ birthday parties for two, three, and four-year-olds are the best! Full of giggles and fun. Enjoy every minute.

7. Donald Miller - April 15, 2015

Noam Chomsky says that if the people of this country really felt as if it was theirs, tax day would be a day of celebration. (We’ve ensured the continuation of our prosperous and liberty-filled lives and made certain that the government that works for us does so efficiently and effectively.)
Noam, however, is aware of the nature of the nation in which we live and therefore doesn’t pay taxes, due to its many wars of aggression–both direct and indirect acts of aggression.
I think he’s right on both counts.

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

I take a more light-hearted approach to paying taxes than Chomsky . . . since I haven’t yet identified another country I’d want to call “home.” :mrgreen:

Donald Miller - April 15, 2015

Comment deleted. Not the time or the place.

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Donald ~ I’ve deleted your latest comment and have marked all your future comments for moderation.

Go debate the issue elsewhere.

8. L. Marie - April 15, 2015

Ha ha ha!!!! How astute of you to notice IRS–THEIRS. I mailed mine the other day to have it postmarked before today’s deadline. 🙂

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Glad you got a kick out of it, Linda. Someone else (I can’t remember who or where) noticed “The IRS = THEiRS” first. So I borrowed their observation to share here.

Glad you’re done for the year. Me too. I just checked on line ~> tax return received and “in process.” Huzzah!

9. suzicate - April 15, 2015

Bwahaha, I just laughed out loud!

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Yay! BFF got a kick out this joke today too. Plus we celebrated Tax Day by getting some “Bread” and some “Dough” at Panera’s!

10. Barb - April 15, 2015

You hit the nail right on the head Nancy – brilliant!

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

I got curious about your Tax Day, Barb ~ is your due date really on Halloween?

The ultimate Trick or Treat! :mrgreen:

Barb - April 15, 2015

Yes! Our financial year begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June the following year. After the financial year ends, we have until 31 October to lodge our return. It had never occurred to me that it fell on Halloween!

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

If that was the date here in the US, people would still be in line at the post office as the BeWitching hour approached.

11. Silver in the Barn - April 15, 2015

I like this one too, Nancy: People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women. ~Author Unknown

nrhatch - April 15, 2015

Haha! Love it. Here’s another:

Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders. ~ Thomas Sowell

12. Don - April 16, 2015

Lol – hell, Nancy, I enjoyed that! There’s something I wish I could say, but rather not. 🙂

nrhatch - April 16, 2015

Glad you enjoyed, Don. I find taxes go down better with a spoonful of humor.

As for the rest, I often “bite back” something that others might not find amusing or that might be taken the “wrong way” in a comment thread. If you reconsider your presence stance of restraint and decide you need not refrain from sharing . . . come back and spill the beans.

13. Tiny - April 16, 2015

I’m happy I can send in the check four times a year as a self-employed e-filer, and that “theirs” doesn’t have direct access to my piggy bank…if it was “ours” I might look at it differently 🙂

nrhatch - April 16, 2015

Me too! Sharing a joint piggy bank with “theirs” would be a nail biter . . . given the tremendous deficit looming over us.

14. Tammy - April 16, 2015


nrhatch - April 17, 2015


15. Three Well Beings - April 17, 2015

Did not see that coming! That’s a good one for sure…and right on!

nrhatch - April 17, 2015

Now the name seems less at odds with its designated function. 😛

16. jannatwrites - April 20, 2015

Haha, good one! It does feel like we get ‘serviced’ at times 🙂

nrhatch - April 20, 2015

Especially when completing 1040’s. :mrgreen:

17. Paula Tohline Calhoun - May 8, 2015

I am starting with your post on my Birthday, and working my way up or through the calendar and make a few Paula-esque pithy comments. Since my health is not up to par, I hope my comments can be!

This was a banner year for the Calhouns. We managed to get our tax accountant/preparer our info in time to actually file on time. First time in years we have not filed for extensions until October 15th. Hurrah for us. Add to this was my birthday gift of tickets to hear David Sedaris in concert on April 18 in Asheville! Had a fabulous chat with him afterword, and received a lovely inscription from him in one of his books. Dreams do come true. If you ever get the chance, please go and see him. He is brilliant, witty, poignant, and above all funny!

Now on to my next comment!

nrhatch - May 8, 2015

Hi PTC! Nice to see you “out and about” and to hear that you had a birthday visit with David Sedaris. I’m glad you found him brilliant, witty, poignant and funny! Sounds like a great way to celebrate!

And yay for getting your taxes filed on time!

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