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    Eligibility & Dues

    Who is Eligible for Membership?

    • Nephrologists who are licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., engaged in the treatment of patients with kidney disease, involved in research activities relevant to kidney disease, or engaged in educational activities related to kidney disease, are eligible to apply for active membership.
    • Nephrology practice managers, advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are employed by nephrologists who are members of RPA are eligible to join RPA.
    • Renal Fellows in training are eligible for free membership during training.
    • Young Physicians who are 40 years and younger and in practice.
    • Individuals who would otherwise not be eligible for RPA membership based on the criteria listed above can join as an electronic member. Practicing physicians, administrators and advanced practitioners are not eligible for this membership category.

    Membership applications are available online. Annual membership dues are established by the Board of Directors. Membership dues are as follows:

    • $400 Adult and Pediatric Nephrologists
    • $275 Practice Managers, Physician Assistants, Advanced Nurse Practitioners
    • $200 Young Physicians
    • $200 Electronic Member
    • $100 Retired category Physicians
    • $0 Associate category Fellows

    Dues for members are as follows:

    1. Members may join RPA at any time of the year and membership dues will be pro-rated through the end of the year (12/31).
    2. Prorated amounts are calculated by dividing the annual dues ($400) by 12 months. For example, when you join in:
      January please pay $400
      May please pay $267
      September please pay $134
    3. Fellows may apply for associate membership and are exempt from paying dues while in training.
    4. Membership dues must be submitted with the membership application. RPA will process payments after the application is approved.
    5. RPA membership dues are payable by January 1 each year. Each RPA member is mailed a dues invoice in late October to allow time to remit payment by the end of the year.

    Tax Deductibility of RPA Dues:

    Contributions or gifts to RPA are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

    The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 eliminated the deductibility of lobbying expenses for federal income tax purposes. In addition, dues paid to an association are nondeductible to the extent of the association’s lobbying expenditures.

    This law applies to RPA dues. The percentage of member dues that is nondeductible is determined by comparing the association’s total dues income with its total lobbying expenditures. According to the law’s definition of “lobbying” expenses, 4% of RPA’s national dues are nondeductible by our members for federal income tax purposes. If you have further questions, please consult a tax advisor.