A membership dues invoice is used for renewing a yearly or monthly membership into an organization, club, or professional group. Pricing is often dependent on membership level, the time spent with the organization, and time between billing intervals. In exchange for dues, membership organizations provide professionals with strong networking opportunities, a means of recognition, and discount perks, to name a few.
Subscription Invoice – For a payment that is made on a recurring basis, usually every month, for goods or services.
Are Membership Dues Tax deductable?
The IRS’ Publication 535 states the average business club membership dues cannot be deducted from an individual or business’ taxes. However, the publication provides a list of organization-types that are exceptions to the rule. According to Publication 535, the exceptions are the following:
- Trade boards
- Trade associations
- Professional organizations (medical / bar associations)
- Chambers of commerce
- Civic / public service organizations
Whether membership dues are tax-deductible is mainly based upon whether the activities that go on within the club are considered “leisurely” or for entertainment purposes. To report membership dues as a sole proprietor or single-member LLC, the IRS 1040 Schedule C should be used.
What to Include on a Membership Dues Invoice
Unlike a standard invoice, a membership dues invoice should contain an attachment that specifies the different membership types, the cost of each kind of membership, what benefits accompany each type, and an area to state both accepted the payment types and the mailing address checks should be made out to.
In addition to being sent to individuals, membership dues are often sent to small businesses and corporations who may be signing up multiple employees for memberships. Allowing fields for at least five (5) members is recommended. Further, making the invoice as pleasant, welcoming, and informative as possible is highly advised to increase the likelihood of the member to switch to a more encompassing membership type.