Repaying amazon bonus

Groupon desigirl
Sep 3 20 Comments

left amazon and now have to pay back around 9k in signing bonus and relocation. how exactly does that work considering the money to return is pretax money?

bonus was paid post tax

How would you file this on your taxes?

If anyone has advice, it would be greatly appreciated.

PS. Genuinely want to return money. Just need advice on how to go about this.

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  • Tyler Technologies
    batwomann

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    Amazon, Rover.com
    batwomannmore
    I've heard of plenty of people not repaying. Talk to HR. They'll get you to sign the papers saying you'll never say anything bad about Amazon in exchange. It's their dirty secret. Even if you don't repeat it, I know a guy they just sent random demand letters to but never sued him or anything. That was for $20k.
    Sep 3 1
    • Workday bingAling
      Utterly bad advice. Just because it could be done doesn’t mean it should be.
      Sep 3
  • Workday bingAling
    I have been there. I had to pay back the required amount but was able to claim tax refund on the returned amount. Make sure to get a receipt of the refund transaction.
    Sep 3 11
    • Workday bingAling
      Hold on, I reread the post. Pardon me.
      I had it slightly different. I was paid post-tax signon and since I returned the pre-tax amount later, I could claim tax refund the next year. Wasn’t with Amazon.
      Sep 3
    • Groupon desigirl
      OP
      Heyy.. Just clarified my post.. The money from amazon that was received was post tax money for a bonus in 2018. they are requesting to return pre tax money in 2019
      Sep 3
    • Workday bingAling
      Yeah, so you could try what I did. I would also recommend that you reach out to your tax consultant or google it once. I didn’t have any issues though. Get the payback receipt for sure and save it. If ever you are audited, that will save you lots of anxiety.
      Sep 3
    • Groupon desigirl
      OP
      im guessing u filed a 941X?
      Sep 3
    • Workday bingAling
      My tax consultant did that. Sorry, don’t recall the specifics on that.
      Sep 3
  • Microsoft Aha!
    Wait a minute... you have to repay signing bonus? Wtf? Under what circumstances? Also is this Amazon-only thing?
    Sep 4 2
    • Nutanix vnosan
      You always have to pay back the sign on bonus, prorated, if you leave the company before a certain amount of time (usually a year). Let me know which company doesn’t have that requirement I’ll hop over for a day before moving on to my next job for some bonus cash...
      Sep 4
    • Google OnTheRise
      This clause is def in your offer letter too microsoft.
      Sep 4
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    • Amazon pssst7
      You are an idiot
      Sep 3
    • Groupon desigirl
      OP
      bad advice. this is a serious question.
      Sep 3
  • eBay jhdbcni
    Not true. If they put 9k in w2 and when you pay back you can claim it in the next tax return.
    Sep 3 0