Malta Tax System

The Malta system aims to attract investors, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals to the island by offering excellent tax incentives and schemes for businesses and individuals.

Malta, based within the EU, is an ideal jurisdiction to set up a company either as a holding company or as a trading operation as it offers many tax benefits.

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Malta Corporate Tax System

The Malta tax system outlines that companies, incorporated or managed and controlled in Malta, are subject to Malta corporate tax rate of 35% on a worldwide basis. However, there are many tax benefits that Malta offers that make the Malta tax system attractive to business.

Malta Tax Benefits for Companies

Malta is an excellent alternative offshore company jurisdiction due to the tax benefits given to investors, entrepreneurs and businesses. What we mean by alternative offshore company jurisdiction is that Malta has the qualities of an offshore jurisdiction such as low effective tax rates and a beneficial holding company jurisdiction. However, the Malta tax system is monitored and regulated by EU standards, making it a safe and compliant jurisdiction.

Malta Full Imputation System

Malta corporate tax system works off of a Full Imputation System. In simple terms, this means that company profits are taxed at the source, but dividends distributed to shareholders are not taxed again.

This system is different from the classical system, whereby company profits are subject to tax and shareholders are taxed on dividends.

Malta Tax Refund System

The Malta tax refund system enables shareholders of a company registered in Malta to claim up to a 6/7th tax refund of tax paid in Malta. Therefore, we can set up trading companies in Malta to have an effective tax rate of 5%.

Malta Participation Exemption

Participation Exemption is the relief from taxation for a shareholder in a company on dividends and capital gains received from the sale of shares. However, this occurs when a Maltese company holds shares in another entity (qualifying as a Participating Holding).

EU-Malta Tax Benefits

Malta has come into line with the various EU directives and tax laws. However, this does open up various international tax planning opportunities for businesses. For example:

  • EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive – eliminates tax obstacles in the area of profit distributions between groups of companies in the EU.
  • Interest and Royalties Directive – eliminates withholding tax obstacles in the area of cross-border interest and royalty payments within a group of companies.

International Holding Company in Malta

An international holding company in Malta offers several fantastic international tax planning opportunities. For business, a Malta holding company allows you to not only to consolidate subsidiary companies under one roof, but it also allows businesses to take advantage of the tax as mentioned above benefits.

An IHC offers protection for both business and personal assets. The Malta holding company is an excellent vehicle able to hold assets such as real estate holdings, shares in companies, intellectual property and more.

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Malta Income Tax Rates

Malta income tax rates work off of a progressive tax rate, meaning that the more income you generate, the more tax you pay. In short, the Malta income tax rates 2019 are:

Income Tax Rates 2019
€0 – €9,100 = 0%
€9,101 – €14,500 = 15%
€14,501 – €60,000 = 25%
€60,000 onwards = 35%

For more information on the individual’s income tax rates in 2019, read our article on Malta tax bands here (click here)

Malta Tax Benefits for Individual’s

While Malta does have a progressive income tax system, there are tax residence programmes available for individual’s and expats in Malta.

Malta Tax Residence Programmes

There are two residence programmes made to reduce the tax for an individual’s living in Malta. Both these residence programs offer special tax status by setting an individual’s tax rate on income remitted to Malta at 15%.

Malta Retirement Programme

Retiring in Malta is a goal more many individuals in Europe because of the climate, sunshine, Maltese culture and the fantastic standard of living. However, if you’re an EU/EAA/Swiss national planning on retiring in Malta, there is a Malta Retirement Programme.

The Malta Retirement Programme sets tax rate on pension income remitted to Malta at 15%. Therefore, this allows you to know your pension tax rates as well as enjoy a better standard of living when retiring in Malta.

Note: these Malta tax residence programmes are only obtainable through the services of an Authorised Registered Mandatory.

Thomas Jacobsen, Managing Director of Papilio Services, is an Authorised Registered Mandatory, therefore if you’re interested in exploring these programmes, we can guide you accordingly following Maltese law.

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Other Maltese Tax Benefits

  • Malta has over 70 double taxation agreements with countries around the world;

  • There are no withholding taxes or stamp duty on the distribution of dividends or profits to the shareholders;

  • Malta has no transfer pricing rules;

  • There are no capital duties, wealth taxes or inheritance tax;

  • Malta has no thin cap rules;

Malta Tax Accounts
Participation Exemption
Malta Tax Refund System
Other Malta Tax Benefits

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If you’re tax planning and looking at becoming more tax effective in Malta, enquire with our team directly by filling out our short enquiry form below. We will reach out to you for an inital consultation within 24 hours.

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