Hi, friends, I am trying to push back the grumpy here. I filed the federal taxes today, but that is not the thing that is making me grumpy. I started the state taxes today, only to realize that I have to pull my TAXES 2016 file back out of the file cabinet in order to add details like the parcel number on our property tax bill, but that is not the thing that is making me grumpy either. The thing that is making me grumpy is that tomorrow is the deadline for the diocesan financial aid application, and families who would like a sibling discount at the Catholic high school are required to submit the diocesan financial aid application.
This seems SO OBNOXIOUS to me. The form requires me to give them all manner of private information. How much is my house worth? How much do I owe? How much do I have saved for retirement? How much are my car insurance payments? (Holy cow, you don't want to know how much I pay for car insurance with a 20yo and a 17yo on the policy (both male) and a December at-fault accident.) This should not matter. My children are still going to be siblings, whether or not my car insurance premiums leave me weak in the knees. They should still be eligible for a sibling discount, whether or not I fill out this stupid form.
I have to think they are trying to create a barrier between families and the sibling discount, trusting that a chunk of families will throw up their hands and say they'd rather forgo the sibling discount than deal with early tax preparation combined with the requirement to send all of that info out into the ether.
I am not a fan of the school's strategy.
We are still entirely up in the air about whether the kids will attend the Catholic high school next year. The chaplain has not returned my call (I heard through a friend that he has some new and difficult responsibilities on his plate just now), so I'm going to contact one of the theology teachers. I'm not re-registering the kids unless I get a better response about the antisemitism.
And also? I hate this stupid form.
P.S. My husband was supposed to say "Oh, Jamie, THANK YOU for wading through all these pools of bureaucratic bovine effluvia! Would you like me to make you a nice cup of tea while I check the numbers with prompt appreciation?" Harrumph.