Malta

Malta lies in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Malta has been a member of the European Union since May 2004 and adopted the Euro as its official currency in 2008.

Malta is a democratic republic with a population of just over 400,000. The official languages are English and Maltese and a number of other languages are widely spoken.

Over the last two decades, Malta has built on its strategic location and its highly educated, multi-lingual, flexible and cost-effective workforce to become one of the most attractive financial centres and investment locations in the region, having a sound legal, tax and regulatory regime and enjoying an excellent reputation internationally.

There are many reasons for considering Malta as a base for international operations. These include:

  • a stable political situation
  • a modern legal and tax framework
  • an accessible and flexible regulator
  • a ‘can do’ attitude
  • an excellent telecommunications infrastructure
  • a convenient European time zone
  • a reasonably priced labour force with an excellent work ethic

Tax/Legal

The statutory tax rate for companies in Malta is 35%. Malta operates a full imputation system of taxation. When a company distributes dividends out of profits on which it had paid tax, a credit for the tax paid by the distributing company (the ‘underlying tax’) is available to the shareholder/s, both resident and non-resident. In addition, all or part of the underlying tax may be refunded to the shareholder/s, both resident and non-resident, depending on the nature and source of the profits from which the dividend was distributed. Effective tax rates under the imputation system can be as low as 5%.

Malta has a very attractive participation exemption regime. Income deriving from a participating holding or capital gains realised on the disposal of a participating holding are exempt from tax. The conditions to qualify as a participating holding are detailed (generally a 10% equity or partnership interest, although there are alternative tests) and certain anti-abuse provisions apply.

There is no withholding tax on outbound dividends and no withholding tax on interest and royalties payable to non-residents (subject to certain conditions being satisfied).

Apart from certain general anti-abuse provisions, there are currently no thin capitalisation, transfer pricing or controlled foreign companies rules in force.

Services offered

  • Company formation
  • Redomiciliation of foreign companies to Malta
  • Establishment of Maltese private foundations
  • Establishment of Maltese trusts
  • Provision of registered address
  • Provision of Director, Administrator and Trustee
  • Provision of Company Secretary and company secretarial services
  • Administrative services
  • Accounting and reporting
  • VAT compliance
  • Tax compliance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • Maltese
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian

Contact Person

Barry Woestenburg

Partner
Malta

Contact Us

Athos Family & Business Services (Malta) Ltd
Whitehall Mansions, Level 2
Ta' Xbiex Seafront
Ta' Xbiex XBX1026
Malta

T +356 2099 6099
F + 356 2122 5260

 

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