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The Republic of Malta

The Republic of Malta

Since 1 May 2004, the Republic of Malta joined the list of countries participating in the EU and since that time  has an opportunity of free trade with the EU.
Considering the optimization of taxation, many investors prefer to register a company in Malta because it is considered to be a low-tax jurisdiction.

Advantages of  registration  a company in the Republic of Malta:

  • Income tax is 35%, but the government provided the opportunity for tax return within one month from the date of payment. Thus, rate can be about 5-6.5% and it may be 0% in some cases.
  • There is no property tax.
  • There is no income tax on the distribution of dividends to shareholders.
  • The tax on dividends from a privileged possession is only 5%.
  • The tax on passive income such as interest, royalties, etc. is only 10%
  • According to the laws of the EU – the VAT rate is 18%. VAT number can be obtained only if the control and management of the company is located in the territory of Malta.
  • Almost no foreign exchange control.
  • Annual contributions to the budget depends on the size of the share capital and vary from 100 to 1,400 euros.
  • Time for registration of the company in Malta takes from a few days to a few weeks.
  • Confidentiality of information about the business if there are nominee
  • Malta has an agreement to avoid  double taxation with 48 countries.

It is worth noting that in order to optimize taxation in the Republic of Malta, the company must maintain its main activities outside the state, but at the same time keep statistical records for the date of the annual report in the register of companies.

Basic forms of offshore business in the Republic of Malta:

Limited Liability Company Shipping Company
Partnership Company Trust
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