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ripe-322: This document provides additional information on the ripe-625: RIPE NCC Clearing House and should be read in conjunction with the RIPE NCC Standard Terms and Conditions. The RIPE NCC Standard Terms and Conditions and the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement will be authoritative over this document. Procedure
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1. Introduction delete: </a> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <a href="#2"> 2. Clearing House – General Information delete: </a> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <a href="#3"> 3. Clearing House Procedure delete: </a> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <a href="#31"> 3.1 Redistribution from Clearing House delete: </a> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <a href="#32"> 3.2 Timeline of Clearing House Procedure delete: </a> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <a href="#4"> 4. Changes in Contributor Status delete: </a> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <a href="#41"> 4.1 Closing and/or Default of a Contributor delete: </a> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <a href="#42"> 4.2 Merging of Two Contributors delete: </a> delete: </li> delete: <li> delete: <a href="#43"> 4.3 Changes in Billing Size delete: </a> delete: </li> delete: </ul> delete: <hr noshade="noshade" size="1" /> delete: <h3> delete: <a name="1"> delete: </a> 1. Introduction delete: </h3> insert: </h2>

This document provides additional information on the RIPE NCC Clearing House and should be read in conjunction with the insert: <a class="external-link" title="" href="http://www.ripe.net/publications/docs/service-agreement" target="_self"> RIPE NCC Standard Terms and Conditions. The RIPE NCC Standard Terms and Conditions and the Service Agreement insert: </a> . The RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement will be authoritative over this document.

The RIPE NCC is a not-for-profit organisation. Nevertheless, a positive or negative financial result can be achieved in a particular year. In principle, this would be subject to Corporate Income tax. However, the The RIPE NCC has set up special arrangements an arrangement with the Dutch tax authorities to move any that each year the membership decides on how to allocate the surplus or deficit. The surplus or deficit to can either accumulate in a “special” reserve. special reserve or it can be redistributed to the Members. This “special” special reserve, known as the Clearing House, gives the RIPE NCC a stable financial position to operate soundly and continuously.

The Clearing House structure was approved by the Dutch tax authorities have set a maximum to this reserve. To avoid any taxation or payout from the Clearing House, the RIPE NCC Board and the RIPE NCC Management aim to stay within this set boundary. delete: </p> delete: <p> The Clearing House procedure was approved by the Dutch tax authorities in 1998 and has been was amended in 2003. The Clearing House procedure 2003 and again in 2014. The Clearing House started with the 1998 financial year.

The RIPE NCC Executive Board reserve reserves the right to make changes, in accordance with Dutch tax law, to this procedure as necessary.

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2. Clearing House – General Information delete: </h3> Procedure insert: </h2>

The Clearing House procedure has been developed to comply with the Dutch tax ruling describing how to redistribute an excess amount to the RIPE NCC Contributors. A RIPE NCC Contributor is defined as a natural person or legal entity that receives services amount from the RIPE NCC and has been invoiced a service fee for the year at issue. The Clearing House may equal a maximum of three times the total amount of RIPE NCC service fees in the relevant financial year as stated in the audited financial report. This income excludes the sign-up fee and any other Service fees or payments made to the RIPE NCC that are not stipulated by the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement and the RIPE NCC Standard Terms and Conditions. Clearing House to the RIPE NCC Members.

Only Contributors Members that have fulfilled their financial obligations towards the RIPE NCC in the relevant financial year can participate in the Clearing House procedure. If If, during the year year, the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement has been terminated by either party party, no participation in the Clearing House procedure will take place.

delete: <h3> delete: <a name="3"> delete: </a> 3. Clearing House Procedure delete: </h3> delete: <p> The surplus or deficit that results from the audited financial statements of the financial year will be transferred to the Clearing House. The accumulated amounts will be reserved in the Clearing House. In case this total amount exceeds a total of three times the income from the Contributors Service fees of the financial insert: <p>

Each year at issue, the RIPE NCC will the autumn General Meeting (GM), based on the estimated year end result provided by the RIPE NCC Executive Board and Management, the General Meeting will decide on whether to add or subtract the year's financial result to the Clearing House or to redistribute the excess year's financial result to the Members. insert: </p>

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In addition to the annual decision by the General Meeting, the Executive Board can propose to the General Meeting to redistribute a one-off amount from the Clearing House to the Contributors. delete: </p> delete: <h4> delete: <a name="31"> delete: </a> 3.1 Membership. The General Meeting will have the right to approve or disapprove this redistribution from the Clearing House to the Members. insert: </p>

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The Member's share of the excess amount annual decision for an amount to be redistributed from the Clearing House will be equal to the percentage of its fee contribution to the service fees paid to the RIPE NCC over the past 3 years, including the relevant financial year in which the Clearing House exceeded the maximum. delete: </p> delete: <p> year. A Contributor's percent Member's share of the total paid fees is calculated by dividing that Contributor's Member's paid fee by the total of all other Contributors' Members' paid fees for the relevant financial year. insert: </p>

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If the General Meeting decides on a one-off amount to be redistributed from the Clearing House, the Member's share of the excess amount will be equal to the percentage of its fee contribution to the service fees paid to the RIPE NCC over the past 3 three years, including the relevant financial year. A Member's share of the total paid fees is calculated by dividing that Member's paid fee by the total of all other Members' paid fees for the past three years.

This excess amount The Member's share of the amount to be redistributed will not actually be paid out but will be credited to the Contributor's Member's account and will be deducted from the Service service fee for the year after the Clearing House procedure General Meeting has taken place. In case of termination of the decided on the redistribution. If a Member's RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement the excess amount payable is terminated before the redistribution takes place, this share will not be redistributed. delete: </p> delete: <h4> delete: <a name="32"> delete: </a> 3.2 Timeline of Clearing House Procedure delete: </h4> delete: <p> The Clearing House procedure will take place within 90 days of receipt of the audited financial statements. The settlement for the excess amount will be done with the invoices for the year following the year in which the Clearing House procedure has taken place. delete: </p> delete: <h3> delete: <a name="4"> delete: </a> 4 Changes in Contributor Status delete: </h3> delete: <h4> delete: <a name="41"> delete: </a> 4.1 Closing and/or Default of a Contributor delete: </h4> delete: <p> If during the year the RIPE NCC Standard Service Agreement has been terminated by either party, any excess amounts payable to the Contributor redistributed and will remain in the Clearing House.

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In the case of a merger between two Contributors, the or more Members, the remaining Member's fee will contribution is considered to be the total amount paid by the two registries merged Members for the year at issue. relevant financial year(s). In the case of Clearing House redistribution a Clearing House redistribution, they will then receive a percentage reflecting the total amount paid.

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