Just curious about a few things. Do most agencies include tax free money for the cost of traveling to and from assignments? I recently interviewed with a hospital in MI, and want to go there because it's where I'm from, but I just want to make sure the offer is sufficient. I realize it's my first assignment (I should get the contract next week, nothing is official yet) and I'm happy to get one, but I don't want to be taken advantage of either.
My recruiter just said that the base rate was $26.81, tax advantage rate was $30.30 and housing was a free 1 bedroom apt, or I could take the $1050 housing stipend. Nothing else was included. I thought they gave you money for gas, meals, etc. How do you qualify for tax advantage? Do I need to own a home here in CA? This is all confusing to me.
Any advice from experienced travelers is much appreciated. I don't personally think the rate is terrible considering it's Michigan, but coming from a full-time job in CA, it is big difference, but I have to keep in mind, I wouldn't pay rent, which would be great considering we all know how expensive CA is!
I appreciate your help!