How certain are you that you know everything about TREPAC?
Did you know that TREPAC saves the average REALTOR® about $5,000 annually in additional taxes and fees. Check out this Savings Calculator to see how much TREPAC has saved you so far! Aside from saving you and your business money, TREPAC is the only PAC that looks to protect property owners (your clients!) by continually fighting for increased consumer protections. TREPAC also fought for and won an increase in the homestead exemption and a constitutional ban on transfer taxes in the state.
You can see other legislative victories here.
We hope you consider investing in TREPAC so we can continue to fight for REALTORS® and property owners of Texas.
Want to invest, but can’t do it all at once?
Make a monthly pledge and have your TREPAC investment automatically charged on your credit card. For example, give $25 a month for ten months for your $250 TREPAC investment. HAR TREPAC wants to make it as convenient as possible for you to invest.
Invest today with your dues payment or use this link and set up your pledge online.
If you have any questions, you can reach us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT NOTICES ABOUT YOUR 2023 DUES
By making payment, you acknowledge the REALTOR® membership duties to which you agreed when you became a member, including your duty to arbitrate disputes as provided in the National Association of Realtors® Code of Ethics and the bylaws of the Association. DUES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
Your billing statement is for the combined annual dues in the Houston Association of REALTORS®, Texas REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. A portion of this amount is for one-year subscriptions to the following publications: $2 for Houston REALTOR® Magazine (for REALTOR® and Affiliate members) and $5 for Texas REALTOR® Magazine (for REALTOR® and Affiliate members). THESE SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOT OPTIONAL.
*Your 2023 dues include a $45 special assessment by the National Association of REALTORS®, for all REALTOR® members for a Consumer Advertising Campaign that includes TV ads highlighting the value a REALTOR® brings to a transaction. The entire $45 assessment qualifies as fully deductible.
**Your 2023 dues include a $5 Legal Fund assessment by Texas REALTORS® for all members. Also, Texas REALTORS® collects a $30 assessment from each REALTOR® member for the Issues Mobilization/Political Advocacy Fund (IMPAF) which is utilized to enhance advocacy efforts of Texas REALTORS® and local associations throughout the state. This $30 assessment is not deductible for income tax purposes.
***Contributions are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Contributions to the Texas REALTORS® Political Action Committee (TREPAC) and the Texas Association of REALTORS® Federal Political Action Committee (TAR FedPAC) – which makes contributions to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) – are not tax deductible. Such contributions are voluntary and may be used for political purposes. The amount indicated is merely a guideline, and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal, and the National Association of REALTORS®, Texas REALTORS®, and its local associations will not favor or disadvantage anyone because of the amount contributed. Until the RPAC annual goal is met, 70% of an individual’s contribution goes to TREPAC and may be used to support state and local candidates; the remaining 30% is sent to TAR FedPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116. (Exception: 100% of an individual’s contribution goes to TREPAC if the individual is an employee of an affiliate member of Texas REALTORS®.) After the RPAC annual goal is met, 100% of an individual’s contribution goes to TREPAC and may be used to support state and local candidates. You may contact the Texas REALTORS® political committee administrator at 800-873-9155 to obtain information about your contributions.
Compliance with the Tax Reform Act of 1993 requires that the portion of dues attributable to lobbying and political activities at the State and Federal levels of government be considered nondeductible for income tax purposes. This nondeductible portion must be disclosed to members on their dues invoice each year.
For 2023, the following amounts for certain lobbying and political expenditures are NOT DEDUCTIBLE FOR INCOME TAX PURPOSES: 34% or $51 for National Association of Realtors®, 12% or $14 for Texas Realtors® and 19% or $25 for HAR and the $30 assessment by Texas REALTORS® for the Issues Mobilization/Political Advocacy Fund (IMPAF).
- REALTOR® Members – $120 is NOT deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes
- Secondary Members – $25 is NOT deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes
- Affiliate Members – $39 is NOT deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes
- Salespeople (billed to broker) – $90 is NOT deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes
The remaining dues and assessments are not tax deductible as charitable contributions but may be tax deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.
Frequently Asked Billing Questions
How do I pay my dues?
MLS subscribers – To pay your 2023 HAR, TR and NAR dues, logon to www.cms.har.com/dues. MLS subscribers need to logon using their public (username) and private (password) IDs.
Non-MLS subscribers – To pay your dues, if you do not have a public and private ID, click on the line that says: “Non-MLS users click here”. The screens are set up to guide you through the payment process.
I forgot my User ID and Password. Do I need a new one?
No. Simply call HAR’s professional and courteous membership department 713-629-1900 ext. 4 and we will e-mail your member ID and password to the email address on file. Due to security reasons, HAR will NOT distribute this information over the phone.
How do our dues compare to other associations?
For 2023, HAR local dues have remained unchanged at $132, which is still either quite competitive or much lower than most other local associations. Just to see how we size up with other local associations, HAR recently surveyed some of the larger local Realtor associations in the country including:
- Houston ($132)
- Atlanta ($170)
- Chicago ($315)
- Miami ($266)
- Northern Virginia ($295)
Additionally, the average agent throughout the country pays $38 per month in MLS fees compared to $35 a month in Houston.
How much are TR and NAR dues, and must I pay them?
For 2023, TAR dues are $152 and NAR dues are $195. Through your membership with HAR, you are automatically a member of TAR and NAR. These memberships are not optional.
Why do I have to pay TREPAC?
TREPAC is a voluntary contribution and is not required. However, TREPAC assures that issues and concerns related to the real estate industry remain a priority for our public policy makers and governments who can shape how you do business.
When is the deadline to pay my dues?
HAR’s “drop dead” payment date is December 31, 2021. After December 31st, all non-paid members will be inactivated in our system. Payments received after December 31, 2021 will require a $25 reinstatement fee for HAR.
What services do I receive for my dues?
For a complete list of the more than 80 products and services, please visit: https://cms.har.com/har_benefits/.
If you have questions regarding your membership account, please contact Member Services at (713) 629-1900 Ext. 4 or via email at email@example.com.