Amazon Relocation option

Citrix Systems YUuX44
Jan 3 37 Comments

Please advise in which option to take.
1. Lump sum of 10 K self managed move
2. Assisted corporate housing package.

I am a single guy with no car. I am planning to leave/sell my bed and desk/chair. My only concern is to be able to find a place to rent when moving to Seattle from East Coast hence was thinking of going the corporate housing which will give me some time to find a place to rent.

But one friend recommend to take the lump sum since I don't have much stuff with no family/pets.

Please let me know which option would you recommend.
Thank you
Future TC: 150 K 2 YOE

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TOP 37 Comments
  • Google / Eng
    ToGY40

    Google Eng

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    Groupon, Amazon
    ToGY40more
    Lump sum. Finding a place to rent in Seattle isn’t difficult; paying for temp housing if you take your time will cost far less than 10k.
    Jan 3 9
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      What do you mean? So I will be taxed for 1 month of corporate housing?
      Jan 3
    • Amazon darrow_
      All the assistance that gets provided to you might be considered income when you do your taxes. Therefore it's not just 10k minus taxes vs. Assistance. It's 10k minus taxes vs. assistance minus taxes.

      So you might get taxed on the corporate housing and moving and whatever else. I don't know this for sure but it might be the case.

      Am I making sense? It's a bit hard over text
      Jan 3
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      Let me try to understand, so I might have to pay additional taxes on these services when I do my taxes next year. Is that what you mean?
      Jan 3
    • Amazon darrow_
      Yup. I'd look into that
      Jan 3
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      @darrow_ I took a look does anybody have any idea what taxable income tax assisted mean. It falls under that category, Also it says and I quote "you may see relocation expenses added to your income and tax
      assistance amounts added to your tax withholdings on your pay statements." What does this mean I am super confused.
      Jan 3
  • Parallon YMpz83
    Actually I recently went through this. If I didn't have a car, and a bed and couch I didn't want to sell, id have gone for lump sum which after tax would be like 6.5k ish I think. The assisted move was better for me not only because of car and furniture transportation but also because they break lease at old apartment which was needed for me and a bunch of other things..also..one thing..if you take assisted move and don't take corporate housing ( I already booked an apartment), you get 3k rent reimbursement. This is in addition to the 2.5k ..so you can decide.
    Jan 3 11
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      @Parallon thanks for the suggestion. Will definately take a look. Yes the relocation package will cover break in lease.
      Jan 3
    • Amazon
      runsjsurue

      Amazon

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      seattle transplant. lived across the world. 1st place where I haven't made friends as yet 😐 the freeze is real
      runsjsuruemore
      great. was wondering what the situation was with that. Makes my decision easier then!
      Jan 3
    • Parallon YMpz83
      The lease break covers up to 3k. More than that it'll be out of your pocket
      Jan 3
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      Hey @Parallon what places do you suggest within 1500 budget quiet neighborhood and I don't mind taking the bus with a 15 minute transit
      Jan 4
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      I looked at Amli slu looks a little expensive. Also what places have you shortlisted since you are also moving to day1 building. Thanks for advice
      Jan 4
  • Red Hat Red Hat.
    Just take the lump sum and book a Motel for a week or two, you’ll realize whats best for you+teammates can recommend
    Jan 3 1
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      Yes my friend recommended this exact option.
      Jan 3
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
    How long in housing?
    Jan 3 2
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      one month in corporate housing
      Jan 3
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      Jan 3
  • New inmann
    If you are ok with it, just find a temp housing option through CL with some room mate for a couple of weeks or a month until you find some permanent place. If you ok with that lump sum would be better for your financials :)
    Jan 3 1
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      agree lump sum would be better since I dont have much stuff
      Jan 3
  • New / IT loulou
    So you don’t have anything to move beyond suitcases, and you will buy whatever you need when you get there?
    Jan 3 1
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      Pretty much or I can take the assisted option and transfer my bed/mattress and table/chair to the new location instead of selling or leaving.
      Jan 3
  • Verizon litcode
    Was in the same situation and decided to take assisted corporate housing package cause i liked the temp housing option. they also reimburse rent payment up to 3k or 4.5k (for homeowners) if you don’t use corporate housing
    Jan 3 1
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      Yes the only reason of considering that assisted package is because of corporate housing otherwise I don't need much of their services
      Jan 3
  • Uber kettle
    So they separate corporate housing from relocation these days? If it's move only 10k is no brainer. If you need temp housing still probably better option.
    Jan 3 1
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      yes its either corporate housing and 2.5K or lump sum
      Jan 3
  • MuleSoft Damndaniel
    Future TC?
    Jan 3 1
    • Citrix Systems YUuX44
      OP
      updated post
      Jan 3