You can adjust your membership data on your My IDA profile under 'My situation has changed".
All changes to your membership fee will come into effect from the next quarter of the year after you have updated your profile.
It is up to you whether you prefer to pay your membership on a quarterly or annual basis.
If you changed jobs or became unemployed, let IDA know. That way we can make sure you pay the right rate for your membership. Any changes to your membership fee due to your changed employment status come into effect from the first quarter of the year after IDA has been informed.
As a result of the new rules with a lower unemployment benefit rate and a shorter unemployment benefit period for new graduates, IDA has introduced an option for a reduced membership fee for member's who are unemployed and recent graduates.
Remember to keep in touch with your A-kasse regarding payment of unemployment benefit, rules for unemployment etc. Read more at AKA - Akademikernes A-kasse.
If you are a student, the first study year is free.
If you study in Denmark and your current education does not qualify for admission, but you have finished an education that does qualify for a membership, you qualify for a reduced membership fee of DKK 97 / month. (DKK 289.25 per quarter).
As a retired member, you do not get legal advice on salary and employment issues or career counselling, but continue to enjoy all other membership benefits. To become a pensioner member, you must be on early retirement (efterløn or førtidspension), or retirement and have less than 5 working hours per week on average or no work. Please note that there is no tax deduction for membership fees in the pensioner category. Please read the section below on Tax Exemption.
If you decide to pay your membership fees annually instead of quarterly, you get a 1.5 % discount on the listed IDA membership fees. However, unemployed, students, and members paying reduced fees are not eligible for the discount.
Changes to annual payments can be made throughout the year, but must be made before 31 December to take effect from the following year. The annual fee must be paid on 5 February to obtain the discount.
IDA has guest membership agreements with the Nordic engineering associations.
Self-employed and retired members do not contribute to the conflict fund, which for other member groups amounts to DKK 0.25 per quarter.
Employment without legal assistance and career counseling refers to members who are employed or have a daily place of work abroad, and for whose employment conditions Danish legislation or collective agreements do not apply. IDA does not provide legal or career advice for members in this category. The same may be the case for members who work in areas where IDA does not have the right to bargain (e.g. officers, high school teachers and electricians), and who are members of another union that has the right to bargain.
Note that from 1 July 2013, IDA has given a fee reduction to the unemployed whose full unemployment benefit entitlement has expired (expiration date has occurred). The contingent is DKK 60 per. quarter.
The membership fee can be claimed as a tax allowance. IDA annually reports paid membership fees to SKAT.
This includes fees from employed, self-employed and student members.
Some members’ fees, however, cannot be claimed as tax allowances. If you are retired, IDA does not report your fee because it is not a tax allowable expense (cf. ruling by SKAT). There are exceptions, though. If you have paid work, are on a civil servant pension plan, or on early retirement there may still be a way to get tax allowances. Contact IDA if one of the exceptions mentioned above applies to you.
In case you pay taxes abroad or similar, the possibilities for tax allowances depend on the specific and individual circumstances.
It is not necessarily a requirement that you have paid work to get tax allowances. If you are on leave, on maternity/paternity leave, enrolled in education, or similar, you can claim your membership fee as a tax allowance.