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Shannon Cobb Evans
2019 Chair, Board of Directors
Houston Association of REALTORS®

Dear HAR Member:

What a great honor it is to serve as your HAR Chair of the Board for 2019. I love the real estate profession and have especially enjoyed the rewards of working in the Houston area, with the incredible diversity of cultures, lifestyles and businesses our region offers.

I am also incredibly proud of the work that HAR does throughout the year to promote the industry and provide more and more helpful tools to members and consumers alike.  >>More

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IMPORTANT NOTICES ABOUT YOUR 2019 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 NAR's 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 Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. A portion of this amount is for one-year subscriptions to the publications: $2 for Houston REALTOR® Magazine (for REALTOR® and Affiliate members), $5 for Texas REALTOR® Magazine (for REALTOR® and Affiliate members), and $6 for NAR's REALTOR® Magazine (for REALTOR® members). THESE SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOT OPTIONAL.

*Your 2019 dues include a $35 mandatory assessment by the National Association of REALTORS®, for all REALTOR® members for a public awareness campaign that includes TV ads highlighting the value a REALTOR® brings to a transaction. The entire $35 assessment qualifies as fully deductible dues.

**Your 2019 dues include a $5 Legal Fund assessment by the Texas Association of REALTORS® for all members. In 2017, the Texas Association of REALTORS® began collecting a $30 assessment from each REALTOR® member for the Issues Mobilization/Political Advocacy Fund (IMPAF) which is utilized to enhance advocacy efforts of the Texas Association of REALTORS® and local associations throughout the state. During development of the 2019 TAR Budget, a one-time funding allocation was approved to fund IMPAF for 2019 in lieu of collecting the assessment for 2019, saving each Texas REALTOR® $30 in 2019.

The one-year suspension of the IMPAF assessment does not reflect a change in direction of the IMPAF or a change in necessary funding levels in future years to maintain the viability and effectiveness of the program activities and services made possible through the IMPAF Fund. Therefore, the full assessment will be collected in future years.

***Contributions are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Contributions to the Texas Association of 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 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®, the Texas Association of 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. After the RPAC 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 TAR political committee administrator at 800-873-9155 to obtain information about your contributions.

The portion of your dues that is spent for lobbying the state or federal government is NOT DEDUCTIBLE FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES. The non–deductible percentages of dues for lobbying are: 38% or $57 for NAR, 14% or $16 for TAR and 21% or $28 for HAR.

  • REALTOR® Members – $101 is NOT deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes
  • Secondary Members – $28 is NOT deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes
  • Affiliate Members – $44 is NOT deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes
  • Salespeople (billed to broker) – $101 is NOT deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes

The remaining portion of your dues may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense subject to restrictions imposed as a result of Association lobbying activities.

TREPAC

In recent years, TREPAC and HAR have worked to save each of you nearly $5,000 annually by preventing taxes on both your vehicles and your commissions from becoming a reality. Plus - did you know that by becoming a member of TREPAC, you can tell your clients you are working even harder for them?

Just this past legislative session, TREPAC helped to get legislation in place that would increase the homestead exemption by $10,000 and constitutionally ban real estate transfer taxes in the State of Texas!!! The relationships we build with elected officials and within the community as we work on all the property rights issues make you a valuable resource for your clients. Invest Today and Get Connected!

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.

Contact HAR Director of TREPAC Karen Driscoll at karen@har.com to find out more.

Visit trepac.har.com for more details.