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2019-2020 Membership Dues and MLS Fees Renewal

  • Invoice is due upon receipt. Pay by October 1, 2019 to avoid suspension of MLS services and late fees.
  • You may pay online using your credit card, in-person at one of our locations, by mail, or via phone, during normal business hours.
  • Check payments can be made online through TeleCheck. If you are paying by mail, please send your check and a copy of your invoice to:
    Chicago Association of Realtors
    Attn: Accounting Department
    430 North Michigan Ave
    8th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60611
  • Voluntary Contribution suggested amounts for RPAC, CAR FOUNDATION, and REEF
    are included in the invoice total. These are VOLUNTARY – You can choose to contribute to one, two, all, or none. Your decision NOT to contribute will NOT impact your services.
  • Note that a refund of dues are only given within 5 business days of payment. For more information on our refund policy, please visit our website at


If you have questions, please visit:

MLS Dues FAQ’s

Or call us at 312-803-4900

Thank you for being a Chicago REALTOR®.


For 2020, with ILLINOIS REALTORS® dues at $187 and the RVOICE assessment at $85 per member (a total of $272), ILLINOIS REALTORS® computes 37 percent, or $94.72, to be nondeductible for income tax purposes due to lobbying efforts by ILLINOIS REALTORS®.

For 2020, with dues at $150 per member, NAR computes 38 percent, or $57, to be nondeductible for income tax purposes due to NAR’s lobbying efforts. Please note that the entire $35 Public Awareness Campaign special assessment qualifies as fully deductible.

For 2020, with dues at $282.00 per member, CAR computes 3.55% or $10 to be nondeductible for the members income tax purposes due to CAR lobbying efforts.


Your 2020 NAR dues include a $35 mandatory assessment by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® of all REALTOR® and REALTOR®-ASSOCIATE members to fund a nationwide public awareness campaign that includes TV network and cable ads highlighting the value a REALTOR® brings to a transaction and stressing the importance of using a REALTOR®. Note that the entire $35 portion of dues related to public awareness qualifies as deductible dues.


ILLINOIS REALTORS®’ 2020 dues include a $85 mandatory assessment for all REALTOR® and REALTOR®-ASSOCIATE members to fund the RVOICE Program, established in 2006 to ensure that REALTORS® have a strong voice on public policy issues throughout Illinois.  RVOICE provides ILLINOIS REALTORS® the resources to advocate on local governmental issues and take its message to the people, policy makers and the media.  Learn more at


Payments or investments to your local Board of REALTORS®, the ILLINOIS REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®, and RPAC, either state or federal, are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.  Local, State and National dues may be deductible as a business expense.  If in doubt, please consult your tax advisor.

Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Up to thirty percent (30%) of each contribution may be sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a. A copy of RPAC’s report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois. Except as may be required by state or federal law, the Illinois REALTORS® PAC (Illinois RPAC) is not required to refund political contributions. However, a refund request made by a contributor within 30 days of the date his or her RPAC contribution is received will be considered on a case-by-case basis.”


Chicago Association of Realtors Foundation provides scholarships to REALTORS® for designations, post-licensing classes, and higher education. Since 2014 the Foundation has also been the charitable arm of the association, donating to deserving individuals and organizations. The CAR Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and so contributions may be tax deductible depending upon your tax situation.  We recommend you contact your tax advisor to determine if a contribution will be deductible in your individual situation


The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) awards scholarships to students of real estate and related fields of study at colleges and universities both within and outside Illinois, to candidates of the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) of Illinois program, and to those furthering their knowledge in the field of association management and leadership. The Foundation is supported through the voluntary contributions of those who recognize the importance of furthering academic experience and training in the real estate industry in Illinois.

Contributions to the Real Estate Education Foundation (REEF) are tax-deductible contributions.