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Doing business in Malta

The benefits of doing business in Malta

Malta is a haven for doing business; apart from a good geographical location close to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, it offers favourable fiscal conditions, a pool of talented human resources and so much more.

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The advantages of setting a company in Malta include specialized services that are relatively cheaper than the rest of Europe, no withholding tax on the allocation of dividends to shareholders, wonderful tax rates and short delays for company registration procedures. Malta is particularly suitable for English-speaking investors, since the language is an official one and it is widely spoken within the whole Maltese community.

Doing business in Malta after joining the European Union 

Being a member of the EU gives Malta the privilege of free trading within the continent, and consequently, any licence or authorisation issued to Maltese-registered organizations is automatically recognized by other member states.

In addition, there are state of the art conference centres all over the island that could be used for all kind of meetings and business events, with the possibility of hosting crowds of more than a thousand people.

Registering your company in Malta

Company registration in Malta is regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority ,who can have your company formed in merely 48 hours. The expenses for forming a company are relatively low compared to other European countries, and taxing is efficient, making the island a cost-effective destination to build both SMEs and large corporations.

Before registering a company, you will need to create a Memorandum and Articles of Association, based on some characteristics of the company. An accountant or a company lawyer can walk you through the whole process.  

After registering with MFSA, you also need to register with the following:

•    The Employment and Training Corporation (ETC)
•    Inland Revenue – for tax purposes
•    VAT Office

Taxation in Malta

Malta offers many advantages in terms of taxation, in fact, Maltese companies profit from the EU’s Parent/Subsidiary Directive stating that payments made by a European company to a company registered in Malta will be taxed in Malta, which has the advantage of charging no withholding tax.

Moreover, the International Trading Company and the International Holding Company, offer great tax benefits. This kind of companies pay a 35% corporate tax on international profits, but a system of automatic refunds makes them very tax efficient, with respectively 4.17% and 0% effective tax rates. Reimbursements are carried out by the Inland Revenue Department within a short period of paying the corporate tax.
Furthermore, Malta has several fiscal treaties that might exempt you from paying taxes in your home country, or offer lower rates, depending on where you reside.

To benefit from these and other advantages, it’s best to consult tax professionals and the Inland Revenue Department, even prior to registering your company, since otherwise it could be too late. The IRD offers most of its services online, but you would need to register an e-ID first (for more info read here).

Employees tax rates in Malta 

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Married Rates
on the first €11 400    €0 - 11 400    Nil
on the next €9099    €11 401 - 20 500    15%
on the next €7499    €20 501 - 28 000    25%
on the remainder    €28 001 and over    35%

Single rates


on the first €8150    €0 - 8150    Nill
on the next €5849    €8151 - 14 000    15%
on the next €4999    €14 002 - 19 000    25%
on the remainder    €19 001 and over    35%

Contact IRD

Name: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
Address: Block 4, Vincenzo Dimech Street, Floriana
Phone +356 2296 2296

VAT in Malta

All companies and self-employed people need to register with the VAT office to comply with local legislation. To request a VAT number, you would need a copy of the ID card of the authorised person, together with the Memorandum of Articles of the company. You can submit your request for a VAT number either online or by paying a visit to the VAT office.

Foreigners who are trading in Malta should register with the VAT department if they perform transactions that fall under the VAT scheme as stated in the Maltese legislation. You can deal with the VAT duties yourself or appoint an adequate professional to act on your behalf.
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Contact VAT

Name: VAT department
Address: 16, Centre Point Building, Paris Street, Birkirkara BKR 4633
Phone: + 356 21499330
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Malta Enterprise

Malta Enterprise is a publicentity in charge of encouraging foreign investment and industrial expansion.

Its main aim is to maintain a level of competitiveness within the local industry, and to foster ideal conditions for businesses to thrive.

Malta Enterprise offers guidance to those who want to start a business venture and those willing to start exportation, gives information about the local investment opportunities as well as advice foreign investors while doing business in Malta.

In addition, Malta Enterprise offers financial support in various ways, such as monetary grants and tax credits.

It also administers funding from European programs, such as the European Regional Development Fund.

Contact Malta Enterprise

Name: The Malta Enterprise
Address: Industrial Estate, San Gwann SGN 3000
Phone: +356 2542 0000

SmartCity Malta 

SmartCity Malta is a technology park that is being developed in Kalkara at present, aiming to become a high-tech city covering an area of 360,000 square metres. The project is to be concluded by 2021, however, the first offices have already opened.

The area, which is just 5km away from the airport, is also easily accessible from Valletta via a dual carriageway. The park is purposely designed for businesses, bearing in mind their particular needs. It has a capacity to host 11,000 employees, a residential area and a huge public space that will serve as a recreational area.
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Contact SmartCity MaltaBusiness in Malta

Address: SmartCity Malta, Ricasoli SCM 1001
Phone: +356 2164 6666

e-ID – Government services online

The Maltese government provides a number of online services for individuals and local businesses, such as applications for trade licences and payments of VAT. There are obvious advantages of using online services, you avoid queuing and the processes are much faster.

Most of the online services require an e-ID that gives you a secure access to the services that require the use of authentication. To apply for the e-ID you need to personally go to the Evans building in Valletta to register, and take your ID card with you. Quite obviously, you would need to have an active email account to be able to register. After registering, you will be sent your username, password by e-mail and an activation PIN code by post.
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