Malta Retirement Programme
With effect from 1 January 2020, the Malta Retirement Programme Rules will extend to all individuals who are not EU/EEA or Swiss nationals. Therefore, individuals may now benefit from the Malta Retirement Programme, regardless of their nationality (on condition that they satisfy all the requirements outlined by the Rules).
‘Household staff’ has also been amended. It no longer requires the individual to have been employed by the beneficiary for at least two years before the filing of the application.
Following the death of the beneficiary, the special tax status is passed to the dependent who:
- Has inherited the Malta residence of the beneficiary.
- Rents the qualifying property immediately after the death of the beneficiary.
To benefit, the heir must prove that all requirements to qualify as a beneficiary are satisfied.
With effect from 1 January 2020, to qualify as a beneficiary, an individual must satisfy the following conditions:
- They hold a qualifying property holding;
- they are not a person who benefits under the Global Residence Programme Rules; the High Net Worth Individuals – EU / EEA / Swiss Nationals Rules; the High Net Worth Individuals Rules – Non-EU / EEA / Swiss Nationals Rules; the Highly Qualified Persons Rules; the Qualifying Employment in Aviation (Personal Tax) Rules; the Qualifying Employment in Innovation and Creativity (Personal Tax) Rules; the Qualifying Employment in Maritime Activities and the Servicing of Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Activities (Personal Tax) Rules; the Residence Programme Rules; the Residents Scheme Regulations or the United Nations (“UN”) Pensions Programme Rules;
- they are not a Maltese national;
- they receive a pension, as supported by documentary evidence, all of which is received in Malta and constitutes at least 75% of the beneficiary’s chargeable income;
- they own a valid travel document;
- they have sickness insurance in respect of all risks across the whole of the European Union usually covered for Maltese nationals for themselves and their dependents;
- they are not domiciled in Malta and that they do not, within five years from the date of application, intend to establish their domicile in Malta; and
- they are a fit and proper person.
Should the beneficiary acquire permanent residence or long-term residence status, the tax treatment in terms of the Malta Retirement Programme shall be lost and, they shall be taxable in Malta at the standard rates.