Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships

Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act

SECTION 7-6-31

§ 7-6-31. Dividends prohibited.

A corporation may issue shares to its members, but no dividend shall be paid on the shares and no part of the income or profit of a corporation shall be distributed to its members, directors, or officers, except that dividends may be paid and income or profit may be distributed to its members by a corporation all of the members of which are corporations to which this chapter applies. A corporation may pay compensation in a reasonable amount to its members, directors, or officers for services rendered, may confer benefits upon its members in conformity with its purposes, and upon dissolution or final liquidation may make distributions to its members as permitted by this chapter, and no payment, benefit, or distribution is deemed to be a dividend or a distribution of income or profit.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1984, ch. 380, § 1; P.L. 1984, ch. 444, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 472, § 1.)