Beureaucratic Crap.Or However You Spell It.

So with my father moving, I have to change my address wiht all sorts of people.

I just had the following conversation on the phone to the government.

“Hello. I’d like to change my address, please.”

“Fine,” comes the indescribably bored voice. She asks for my birthday, my previous address and all kinds of things like that. Then: “Who did you work for in 2004?”

What? “Uhm…” I name the place I think I was at. Score! I was right!

Then she asks where else I worked. She has a T4 on record for 200 dollars. I can’t actually remember how I made two hundred dollars two years ago.

She sighs. A big, bored sigh like I’m her mother and she’s fifteen and I don’t understand anything about her. “I also need your Line 150.”

“My Line 150?”

“Your total income for that year.”

“Oh.” I can’t remember. “Can it be approximate?”

“It has to be exact. We send them to you every year. You are supposed to keep them for six years.”

“Oh. What do you suggest I do?”

“I don’t know. I can’t send you anything until you give me your address. You can’t give me your address until I know your Line 150.”

What a fabulous system.

4 Comments to “Beureaucratic Crap.Or However You Spell It.”

  1. By gen, May 25, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    Was it that place downtown?

  2. By Liz, May 25, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

    Nopers, I made more than 200 off them, and that was summer of ‘05.

    Anyhow, turns out my dad can get the line 150 thing if I can’t find mine. How embarassing was that phone call? “Hello, Dad, I am a fiscally irresponsible teenager trapped in a thirtysomething’s body. Bail me out, please.”

  3. By cheesefairy, May 26, 2006 @ 6:10 am

    if you need to change your address w/the provincial gov’t too, there’s a handy website:
    https://www.addresschange.gov.bc.ca/

    why the fed. gov can’t come up with such a useful tool USED to be a mystery…until I spent the last 2 years working for them.

  4. By Liz, May 27, 2006 @ 12:42 am

    Thanks, Cheesefairy! That’s almost too easy, in terms of Government-related stuff.

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