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317A.909 Corporations for religious purposes.

Subdivision 1. Benefits for members. When authorized by its members or otherwise, a corporation formed for a religious purpose may provide directly or through a church benefits board for:

(1) support and payment of benefits to its ministers, teachers, employees, or functionaries and to the ministers, teachers, employees, or functionaries of a nonprofit organization affiliated with it or under its jurisdiction;

(2) payment of benefits to the surviving spouses, children, dependents, or other beneficiaries of the persons named in clause (1);

(3) collection of contributions and other payments; or

(4) creation, maintenance, investment, management, and disbursement of necessary endowment, reserve, and other funds for these purposes, including a trust fund or corporation that funds a "church plan" as defined in section 414(e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended through December 31, 1988.

Subd. 2. Insurance laws not applicable. The insurance laws of this state do not apply to the operations of a corporation under subdivision 1.

Subd. 3. Property exempt from taxation. Except for property leased or used for profit, personal and real property that a religious corporation necessarily uses for a religious purpose is exempt from taxation.

Subd. 4. Peace officer powers. The governing board of a religious corporation may appoint peace officers to keep order on its grounds. The peace officers shall be paid by the corporation. When on duty, these officers have the authority of constables.

Subd. 5. Church benefits board. A "church benefits board" is an organization described in section 414(e)(3)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended through December 31, 1988, whether a civil law corporation or otherwise, the principal purpose or function of which is the administration or funding of a plan or program for the provision of retirement benefits or welfare benefits for the employees of a church or a convention or association of churches, if the organization is controlled by or associated with a church or a convention or association of churches.

HIST: 1989 c 304 s 128

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