When you join STC you become a member of the International Society. You are affiliated with the chapter in your area, meaning that you receive that chapter’s publications and mailings in addition to Society publications and mailings. You are considered a “member” at any STC function, whether it’s a function of your local chapter, another chapter, or at the regional or international level.
For more information about STC or the South Carolina Foothills chapter, contact our chapter President, Jamie Gillenwater. Additional information about STC can also be found on their website at www.stc.org.
Deduct Your STC Dues
If you pay taxes in the United States, your STC dues are tax deductible. You can claim dues as a deduction in several ways.
All STC members who pay taxes in the United States can deduct at least a portion of their STC dues if they claim this portion as a charitable donation. IRS publication 526 (rev. 2000) defines this option:
“You may be able to deduct membership fees or dues you pay to a qualified organization. However, you can deduct only the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive.”
As a 501(c)(3) organization, STC is a qualified organization. The only determination that you need to make is the amount that is more than the value of the benefits you receive.
Employees and self-employed consultants may claim the full amount of dues as a business expense.
Those who do not fall into the categories defined above may claim the amount of the dues as a miscellaneous deduction. (For miscellaneous deductions that can affect your taxes, the total amount of miscellaneous deductions must exceed 2 percent of your adjusted gross income.)
If dues are deducted as a charitable expense, business expense, or miscellaneous expense, they must be deducted from the tax return filed for the year in which they were paid. In other words, dues paid in 2001 can be deducted only on 2001 tax returns. If you have any questions, contact your local IRS representative or an accountant.
Money, Not Time
In the past, the STC office has received questions concerning the deduction of time or services donated to STC. Please be aware that, while dues, contributions, and out-of-pocket expenses may be deducted, personal services cannot.
For more information, including dues amount and an explanation of member benefits, please see the join STC page on the national STC website, www.stc.org.