December 16, 2018
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FROM SAAR

REMINDER! The deadline for dues payment is December 31, 2018.


We appreciate your membership and we look forward to it continuing through 2019 and beyond. If you have already renewed your dues, thank you for your continued membership.  If you haven’t here is an important reminder.
 
You recently received invoicing to renew annual dues for the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®, Arizona Association of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS® (all payable via SAAR). Please refer to this invoice for a breakdown of dues and other details as well as a timeline.

NOTE: If you have not logged into the system recently, you will need to reset your password using the link on the log in page. Your login username is the email address that you have on file with SAAR. 


 PAY MY 2019 DUES

Use this infographic and the table below to better understand the sequence of events regarding failure to pay by the established deadline as well as options for payment.
 

THREE WAYS TO PAY

1. Online: preferred method (and the fastest)
• Log in to the secured “Member Services” section of ScottsdaleREALTORS.org
NOTE: If you have not logged into the system recently, you will need to reset your password using the link on the log in page.
• Choose “Click Here to Pay”
• Follow the steps to submit your payment

2. In-Person
8600 East Anderson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Hours of operation: Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3. Phone
480-945-2651
Hours of operation: Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early payment is always appreciated! 
Thank you!

CODE OF ETHICS

The deadline is almost here.

Are you current with your Code of Ethics training? Click here to see if your name is on the “compliant” list.
DECEMBER 31, 2018 is the deadline for fulfilling your NAR Biennial Code of Ethics! If you haven’t already fulfilled this requirement, that date will be here before you know it. Click here to find online options for completing the requirement before December 31!

FROM NAR

Many National Association of REALTORS® members received a solicitation recently, purportedly from the REALTOR® Party, asking for donations to fund medical expenses for a young girl. This solicitation is not from the REALTOR® Party or the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR never solicits donations for personal or individual charities.

If you receive this “Help Support Diana Recovery” solicitation, you should delete the email without clicking on any links. Anyone who sent money to a link in the email should file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. (Copy and paste the URL into your browser.)

The National Association of REALTORS® is working to identify and report the sender. We urge everyone to be on alert for email and online fraud. Visit nar.realtor for resources on cyberfraud and cybersecurity best practices.

Reference:  www.nar.realtor/from-the-nar-web-team/scam-alert-email-phishing-attempt-reported

Tutorials on 20% Deduction, Other Tax Law Changes 

Changes to the U.S. Tax Code that potentially can save you thousands of dollars were enacted last year as part of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. The changes include a new deduction available to you as an independent contractor or sole proprietor for reducing your tax liability by 20 percent. How to take this deduction and apply other changes in the law are discussed in a series of video tutorials released by NAR last month.

The tutorials are timely now that the year is winding down and final 2018 tax filings need to be submitted to the IRS.

The tutorials are organized into a dozen topics that affect your taxes, both as a real estate professional and as a homeowner or renter. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the changes and to pass along this email to your colleagues.

John Smaby
NAR President

Tax law changes, by topic:

Elimination of business entertainment deduction. 

Taking the 20 percent business income deduction. 

Changes to the mortgage interest deduction. 

Limits on state and local tax deductions. 

Curtailment of casualty deduction. 

Curtailment of moving expenses deduction. 

Retention of capital gains exclusion on home sale proceeds. 

Changes in tax rates. 

Increase in standard deduction. 

Elimination of personal exemptions. 

Doubled child credit. 

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