Membership fee

Membership fee, and what forms the basis of its payment

TAKU’s membership fee for 2020 is 1.3 % of the member’s gross income.

For independent professionals and entrepreneurs, the membership fee is 200 euros per year (one-time payment or 16,66€/month).

If you have no employment income that is subject to income tax or do not receive benefits from un unemployment fund, your membership fee is EUR 8 a month (10 EUR year 2019). Remember to update your membership information so as to be eligible for a reduced fee!

Exceptions can be made in the following situations: you are on family leave, you have been given a grant, you are on unpaid sick leave, you receive rehabilitation benefit or informal care benefit, or you are unemployed and receive benefit from KELA.

If you are on military or alternative civilian service, you are exempt from the minimum membership fee.

Salaried employees

The membership fee is paid for all income that falls under withholding, including the gross salary, holiday remunerations, holiday pay and fringe benefits (such as the lunch benefit, the car benefit and the phone benefit). The membership fee is also paid for benefits paid by our unemployment fund, which ERKO collects automatically. Remember: membership fees are tax-deductible.

The membership fee is not paid for bonuses, options, performance-based fees, the so-called dismissal termination package, kilometre-based rates, student benefits, other benefits or Kela benefits.

Students

No membership fees are paid for the student benefits. If you perform salaried labour during your studies, the work benefits are paid for working income normally.

Entrepreneurs and sole proprietors

If you’re a full-time entrepreneur, your membership fee is fixed at 200 euros per year (16.66 euros per month). If you become a member or start your business in the middle of a year, the membership fee is only charged for the remainder of the year. The entrepreneur’s membership fee does not contain a membership in the fund, but if you wish, you can join The Unemployment Fund for Entrepreneurs and the Self-Employed AYT, which is intended for Akava members.

Pensioners

The membership fee of the pensioners is 96 euros per year (8 euros per month) (year 2019 70 euros and 5,83 euros per month). If you retire in the middle of a year, the membership fee is only charged for the remainder of the year as a one-time payment.

Freelancers

If you are an employed freelancer, you pay a percentual membership fee determined by your own membership association. An employed freelancer can join the Unemployment Fund for Higher Educated Employees.

If you work under a service agreement, you pay the same yearly fee as a self-employed member, that is, EUR 200 a year (one-time fee or EUR 16.66 per month). A freelancer under a service agreement cannot join the Unemployment Fund for Higher Educated Employees.

Living abroad

Starting from 2020 the membership fee is 8 euros per month (does not apply to posted workers).

Ways of payment

You can pay your membership fee independently or by delivering the employer and Akava Special Branches an authorization that allows the fee to be withheld directly from your salary.

If you want to pay your fees yourself, the easiest way to do this is visiting the Akava Special Branches web page. You can ask for membership fee release from the same place when you’re not working.

You can find the authorization for the employer and its directions here. Any questions you have related to filling the authorization are answered by Akava Special Branches member secretaries.