This is one of the first posts on this blog and a repost seemed appropriate since school starts back for kids in our area this week. 

Parents of kids who have been in school — would you rather deal with the IRS or with the PTO?


You probably had to take a second to think about that. Answering questions related to purchases made years ago, deductions made, and other boring nonsense sounds pretty bad. But then you realize that you’re not comparing the IRS to car shopping or signing a million pages in a house closing — you’re comparing it to the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). At best, that realization gives you a sinking feeling in your stomach. At worst, you might be having some flashbacks and screaming, “No, God, no!” in your head.

The PTO is kind of life the mafia. And the PTO powers that be treat parents like we’re lower tier drug dealers. , and you might start to realize that the IRS isn’t the worst thing in the world.

“Get out there with 50 packs of overpriced M&Ms and don’t come back until they’re gone.”

“Little Peter can only sell 10 tins of popcorn? Get his butt back out in front of the Walmart ’til they’re gone.”

“Each child was supposed to raise $300 for this fundraiser. Your child raised $298.12. You think that’s acceptable?! Hit. The. Streets. Find that money or else!”

Or something like that.

Here’s a nice little comparison of the two organizations. I think we can all agree that the PTO is the worst (assuming you are honest on your taxes, anyway).

(You can zoom in to read the smallish handwriting. Laziness prevented me from redoing it.)

What would you add to the list of crappy things about the PTO?

I should mention that this isn’t representative of the PTO at Little Man’s current school, but definitely matches up with past experiences.

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

20 thoughts on “IRS v. PTO”

  1. I can understand the frustration, I have a kid but we’re not quite there yet. She’s 21 months…I have a ways to go still, but dealing with PTO sure sounds annoying. I hate fundraising or anything to do with pressure to sell. I would make a lousy car salesman! 🙂

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  2. Exactly! I’d say if it is taking that many fundraisers they don’t need whatever they are wanting the money for! I hate it when the kids come selling at my door because I never need whatever they are selling but then feel bad if I don’t buy! So I buy! What a racket!!!!

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  3. What a racket!! Can I just pay a fee instead of begging my friends to buy crap?! I cannot believe leaving a kid out of a party! That is the ultimate wrong message to send to children – because they’re not the ones selling the crap, it’s all on the parents’ heads! Yikes.

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    1. I saw a post on Facebook about a school that takes fees to opt out of fundraisers. Made me jealous, I’d do that in a heartbeat. I bet they’d get more money overall that way, too, since the cut they get on some things can’t be much.


  4. Hilarious post! We aren’t in the PTO years yet but I can see shadows of what you write about in the Preschool Fundraiser efforts.

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    1. I hear that! I get irritated trying to sell something online that I get all the money for, let alone selling junk for someone else.


  5. I used to just the by the stuff myself. Couldn’t stand going to work and convincing my coworkers to buy it. Actually some of it has come in handy over the years, I especially like the handy-dandy eyeglass fixing kit and the things to put hot pots on.

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