Still think it borders on paranoia a little. It's still easy to find out those kind of bonuses on your own. But most definitly, get any referal you can. I def understand that, I'd be trying to get any referal bonuses I could also. A couple of phone calls would get someone the same information, though. But for the most part people are way to lazy to put in that kind of work. I don't find the post offensive at all. I just see to much stuff that isn't on the up and up here.
Personally I think bonuses are a con job. I've had to many times were once your there, they look for reasons to limit
Again from experience, it all depends on how it's payed out. Yes those lump sum bonus check can hurt at tax time. One of the reasons for a good accountant and not just using turbo tax to do your own. But again, if you take it dispursed over a year or two, it realy isn't felt. When i acept a bonus, I take it as "Moving Expenses" However, that's the realm of real experts, not arm chair experts, I pay an accountant to take care of all that stuff for me. Even fills out my w-4's for me to turn in. Any time your talking about a big chunk of cash, it's always best to seek out an accountant, for the best, most acurate information, to make sure that the most $$$ ends up in your pocket. Getting your information here, is always a risk. Each state is different, and the federal reguations are just way to complicated. And you though Medicare rules didn't make sense.
So JM, good luck, hope you end up with some good new coworkers and possibly a little cash in your pocket also.. I miss Denver. Only been gone a litttle over a month and I"m ready to head back.