Dues Structure

2016 Income Tax Deduction

A portion of the dues you pay to the Chicago Dental Society may be tax-deductible. Below is the amount of your CDS dues that may be tax-deductible for your 2016 tax return. If you are a tripartite member, be sure to check with the ADA and state dental society to find out how much of the dues paid to those organizations may be tax-deductible. 

Member CategoryDues AmountDeductible Amount
Full Dues$125.00$103.29
Life Dues$94.00$77.67
Retired Dues$35.00$28.92
Reduced Year 2$32.00$26.44
Reduced Year 3$63.00$52.06
Reduced Year 4$94.00$77.67
Post-graduate$0$0
Associate$125.00103.29


CDS Member Dues Types

The Chicago Dental Society has a number of dues types for it's membership which include Active, Life, Retired, Retired/Life, Half & Quarter year, Postgraduate or Resident, Reduced Dues for new dentists, Associate, Associate International, Academic Chapter, Dental Students, PreDental students, types of waivers and Subscribers.  Dues category types are based on a variety of criteria including licensure, year of graduation, practice location and continuous years of membership.

The Chicago Dental Society publication (CDS Review) is included in the membership dues. The CDS Review is available in a paper or digital version. Individual publication costs are listed on the invoices. The Subscriber cost of the CDS Review is $25; student dues are not applied towards the Review.

All current members of the Chicago Dental Society are eligible to receive free admittance to the Midwinter Meeting.  The ADA member registration fee is currently $195 while the non-ADA member registration fee is currently $850.

The Illinois State Dental Society collects tripartite dues for CDS members in Lake, Cook and DuPage counties.

Recently, the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society and Chicago Dental Society offer an automatic online pay-as-you-go option for your tripartite dues. Dentists can sign up for this option at ISDS.

Active Dues

Members who pay full dues are those who have been in practice for three or more years. In 2017, full dues totals $1,053: $532 to the American Dental Association; $396 to the Illinois State Dental; and $125 to CDS.

Life Dues

Life members who actively practice dentistry pay a reduced rate for the national (ADA) and local (CDS) levels and the full active rate for the state (ISDS) level. To become a life member you must have been a member of the American Dental Association for 30 consecutive years or 40 non-consecutive years and have already reached age 65. In 2017, life member dues totals $889: $399 to the American Dental Association; $396 to the Illinois State Dental Society; and $94 to CDS.

Retired

Retired members must be completely retired from the practice of dentistry. They must also be an active member prior to retiring to become eligible for retired dues. Dues are approximately one-quarter of the full dues amount. In 2017, retired dues totals $218: $133 to the ADA, $50 to the ISDS and $35 to the CDS.

Retired / Life Dues

Retired/life members do not pay dues. To become a retired/life member you must have been a member for 30 consecutive years or 40 non-consecutive years; be 65 years old and have completely retired from practice.

Half & Quarter Year Dues

Half-year memberships are available July through December providing the dentist was not a member of the Society in the previous year. In 2016, half-year membership dues totals $527: $266 to the American Dental Association, $198 to the Illinois State Dental Society; and $63 to CDS.  Quarter-year memberships are available October through December providing the dentist was not a member of the Society in the previous year.  Quarter-year membership is activated at no fee.

Postgraduate / Resident Membership Dues

In 2017, the CDS and ISDS postgraduate’s dues are $0 per year. CDS or ISDS will collect American Dental Association postgraduate dues in the amount of $30. If the post graduate or resident joins the ADA at $30, the ISDS rate will be waived. This option of paying ADA dues through CDS is offered to eliminate separate payments by the dentist.

Reduced Dues for Recent Graduates

Recent graduates are entitled to four years of reduced dues-the first four calendar years out of dental school. You must maintain membership each year to remain eligible for the reduced rates.
In 2017, reduced rates are as follows:

  • First Year Out (2016 graduates) = $0 (ADA, ISDS and CDS waive dues the first calendar year out of dental school).
  • Second Year Out = $264: $133 to ADA, $99 to ISDS and $32 to CDS.
  • Third Year Out = $527: $266 to ADA, $198 to ISDS and $63 to CDS.
  • Fourth Year Out = $790: $399 to ADA, $297 to ISDS and $94 to CDS.

Associate & Associate International Member Dues
(US dentists practicing outside Lake, Cook and DuPage counties in Illinois and surrounding 49 states; International practice outside the United States)

Individuals who do not live in the tri-county area covered by CDS may join providing they are members of the American Dental Association. International dentists do not need to be members of the ADA.  Associate member dues are $125, which includes free entrance to the Midwinter Meeting and a subscription to the CDS Review.

Academic Chapter Dues

Students are encouraged to become involved in organized dentistry during their years in dental school. Illinois dental students, which includes students from the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine receive complimentary membership in the Academic Chapter of the Chicago Dental Society. Some benefits include the CDS Publication in its digital version and free entrance into the CDS Midwinter Meeting.

Dental Student Dues

Dental Students from all accredited dental schools (excluding Illinois) are assessed a dues rate of $10 for the calendar year.  Dental Students receive the CDS Publication in its digital version and free entrance into the CDS Midwinter Meeting.  This type is not available for hygiene and assistant students.

PreDental Student Dues

PreDental Students do not pay dues.  PreDental Students must be enrolled in an accredited university or college PreDental Study Program.  PreDental students receive the CDS Publication in its digital version and free entrance into the CDS Midwinter Meeting.

Temporary Disability Waiver

Current members who are injured or ill and who are unable to practice dentistry are eligible for a dues waiver in the amounts of 100 percent, 75 percent, 50 percent and 25 percent, based on the degree of disability. To be eligible to apply for a dues waiver, the dentist must be a current member of the tripartite organization (the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society and CDS). Medical or financial supporting documentation will be required to process waiver requests. All waiver information remains strictly confidential.

Subscribers

Subscribers are not limited to the dental profession.  Current members receive the CDS publication as part of the membership in CDS.  The basic annual subscriber fee is $25.