Published on November 17, 2010

question-mark-box-2.jpgAre you in the midst of offering relocation packages to some of your top employees or new recruits? Are you wondering what benefits those relocation packages should include? It's not an easy decision, especially when companies are looking to cut costs and keep budgets in check while retaining top employees who bring value to the business.

In fact, devising fair and cost-effective relocation packages is a delicate balancing act. What are some items relocation packages may include?

Find out more about developing relocation policies in our free guide.

Relocation packages should include:

  • Packing and moving expenses (including transporting cars)
  • Trips (airfare, hotel, meals, etc.) to visit the new region, find a home, scope out schools and activities, etc.
  • Assistance in buying and selling a home, including covering realtor costs

Relocation packages may also include:

  • Costs to turn on utilities
  • Babysitting services during the move
  • Temporary housing assistance (for employee and possibly their family)
  • Loss-on-sale benefits
  • Signing bonus for new employees
  • Tax gross-up for relocation benefits

Relocation Tax on Relocation Packages

Taxes on relocation packages can really hurt relocating employees, diminishing morale and putting them in a tight financial spot if they have to pay taxes on relocation packages. Offering tax gross up on all relocation benefits -- and paying service providers directly whenever possible -- can alleviate some of the financial burden associated with relocated and can help your employees return to productivity faster.

Remember, every employee relocation is different. Setting standards and best practices makes it easy to customize relocation packages to specific situations, within a framework of what your company has offered in the past.