In October 2017 the Government of Malta published a public consultation paper, proposing a new set of rules to regulate collective investment schemes using virtual currency. Further to industry responses, a feedback statement was issued in January 2018.
The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has developed and published a ‘rulebook’ to regulate Professional Investor Funds (PIFs) which … more
The Malta tax system is an efficient fiscal regime which, in particular when used in combination with Malta’s network of double tax treaties, offers a number of benefits to companies that are domiciled in Malta. Historically, however, this tax regime has suffered criticism and the labelling of Malta as a potential tax ‘haven’, resulted in an investigation by the European Investigative … more
IN489(P) - A New Residence Scheme in Malta and Favourable Changes to the Existing Residence and Visa Programme (Portuguese version)
NOVA VIA DE OBTENÇÃO DE RESIDÊNCIA EM MALTA E MUDANÇAS FAVORÁVEIS AO ACTUAL PROGRAMA DE RESIDÊNCIA E VISTOS
O novo programa, denominado "Iniciativa para Empregados Essenciais"/”Key Employees Initiative” em Malta permite a emissão de autorizações de trabalho e residência a futuros funcionários (desde que não residentes na UE) no prazo de cinco dias úteis a contar da data do pedido.
As … more
SOCIEDADES “HOLDING” DE MALTA - PORQUE SÃO TÃO ATRAENTES?
Vantagens para a localização de uma sociedade “holding” internacional
A localização de uma sociedade “holding” é uma consideração importante em qualquer estrutura internacional, onde um dos objetivos é optimizar o imposto cobrado sobre o fluxo de rendimentos.
Idealmente, a sociedade “holding” deve estar localizada numa jurisdição que: … more
IN489(S) - A New Residency Scheme in Malta and Favourable Changes to the Existing Residence and Visa Programme (Spanish version)
UN NUEVO ESQUEMA DE RESIDENCIA EN MALTA Y CAMBIOS FAVORABLES AL ACTUAL PROGRAMA DE RESIDENCIA Y VISAS
El nuevo programa 'Key Employee Initiative' en Malta permite la emisión de permisos de trabajo / residencia a potenciales empleados clave (que no sean ciudadanos de la UE) dentro de los cinco días utiles posteriores a la fecha de solicitud.
Los cambios al "Programa de Residencia y … more
EMPRESAS “HOLDING” EN MALTA: ¿POR QUÉ SON TAN ATRACTIVAS?
Características ventajosas para la ubicación de una empresa “holding” internacional
La ubicación de una empresa “holding” es una consideración importante en cualquier estructura internacional, donde uno de los objetivos es minimizar el impuesto aplicado sobre el flujo de ingresos.
Lo ideal sería que la empresa “holding” sea residente en … more
IN511 - New Malta-Ukraine Double Taxation Agreement Now Ratified and Additional Attractive Malta DTAs
A new Double Taxation Agreement between Malta and the Ukraine was ratified in 2017 and was made effective as from 1 January 2018.
As a result of this DTA, tax advantages for both countries are available and the Maltese holding company regime may prove attractive to Ukrainian investors. This DTA allows for dividends to be taxed in the country of source, at a withholding tax rate of 5%, if the … more
The Maltese Budget speech of October 2017 proposed a number of changes, including modifications to the remittance basis of taxation in Malta.
Malta offers an extremely attractive remittance basis, whereby a non-domiciled individual is only taxed on foreign income if this income is received in Malta or is earned or arises in Malta.
Resident Non-Domiciled Individuals and Tax Changes … more
Malta introduced the Notional Interest Deduction Regime (NID) in October 2017. It comes into force at the start of the 2018 Maltese corporate tax year (1 January 2018).
What is NID?
NID is an innovative way for companies to reduce their tax liabilities. This option will be of greatest interest to companies with large equity balances.
NID allows companies to deduct a notional interest amount … more
Malta as a jurisdiction, with it generous and effective corporate tax system, is positioning itself as a leading Blockchain technology hub, with many state led initiatives currently underway.
Earlier this year the Maltese Government implemented a National Blockchain Strategy aimed at capitalising on the current opportunities for Malta to become a global Blockchain and Cryptocurrency front runner. … more
The priorities and key factors used to select a shipping jurisdiction are changing. Jurisdiction perception, international transparency, time differences, different legal systems and growing costs are becoming increasingly important criteria to take into consideration.
The ownership structure for a ship and/or yacht has a number of important implications and Dixcart is able to provide advice … more
IN489 - A New Residence Scheme in Malta and Favourable Changes to the Existing Residence and Visa Programme
The new ‘Key Employee Initiative’ programme in Malta allows for work/residence permits to be issued to prospective key (non-EU) employees within five working days from the date of the application.
Changes to the Malta ‘Residence and Visa Programme’ now allow the applicant and main dependents to apply for long-term residence in Malta after five years of residence.
In addition, parents … more
Dixcart is licensed to provide fund administration services in Malta and in the Isle of Man.
We provide a comprehensive range of services in Malta including accounting and shareholder reporting, corporate secretarial services, fund administration, shareholder services and valuations.
The Benefits of Establishing a Fund in Malta
A key benefit in terms of using the jurisdiction of Malta for the … more
During the past decade Malta has consolidated its status as an international centre of maritime excellence. Currently Malta has the largest shipping register in Europe and the sixth largest in the world.
Malta has also become a world leader in terms of commercial yacht registration.
Yacht Registration in Malta
Commercial and pleasure yachts can be provisionally registered under the Malta flag … more
Malta offers five residence programmes to meet different individual circumstances. Some are appropriate for non-EU individuals while others provide an incentive for EU residents to move to Malta.
The five residence programmes and the tax benefits they can provide for individuals, where relevant, are detailed below.
INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR PROGRAMME
The Individual Investor Programme (IIP) … more
Beneficial Characteristics for the Location of an International Holding Company
The location of a holding company is an important consideration in any international structure where one of the objectives is to minimise the tax charged on the income flow.
Ideally the holding company should be resident in a jurisdiction which:
Has a good double tax treaty network, thereby minimising … more
Dixcart Business Centres offer extensive serviced office capacity and are ideal for companies establishing themselves in a new location. Dixcart Business Centres are located in Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Madeira (Portugal), Malta and the UK.
Business Centres can offer a productive work environment and a cost effective option for organisations with international interests wishing to operate from … more
A lot of uncertainty has been generated within Europe following on from the Brexit vote, and certain other countries who are beginning to reassess their position within the EU. This is having an impact on the marine industry, with a number of vessel owners seeking to reflag ships and yachts.
The choice of flag registration is an important decision and a jurisdiction must be selected that … more
Malta’s reputation, within the EU, as an efficient and relevant jurisdiction for aircraft registration is growing rapidly.
Brexit negotiations could have a significant impact on UK registered aircraft doing business in the EU. Airline operators who receive their operating licences from the UK Civil Aviation Authority may no longer be deemed Community Carriers and may no longer enjoy the right … more
IN441 - Online Gaming in Malta - An Interview with Sean Dowden, Managing Director of Dixcart in Malta
In 2000 the Maltese Government passed legislation permitting online betting centres to operate from the island. Since then Malta has become one of the leading jurisdictions for online gaming with over four hundred licences having been issued, representing approximately 10% of the global online gaming market.
Sean Dowden, Managing Director of Dixcart Management Malta Limited has extensive … more
IN436 - Restarting the Clock for Non-UK Domiciles: Why Cyprus, Malta and Portugal are Attractive Jurisdictions to Consider for Relocation
The UK offers an attractive tax regime for up to 15 years for individuals who are resident in the UK but do not have a UK domicile.
Individuals who are UK resident, but not UK domiciled, do not have to pay UK tax on their foreign income and gains, as long as these sums remain outside of the UK.
Individuals may choose to structure their tax affairs so that they cease to be UK tax resident for a … more
An Alternative to Trusts in Malta
In 2007 Malta enacted specific foundation legislation to clearly define the legal framework for foundations in Malta, provide legal certainty and resolve any possible confusion created by local case law. More recently Malta has also enacted specific legislation regulating the taxation of foundations which further enhances Malta as a jurisdiction for … more
Since its entry into the European Union (EU) in 2004, Malta has gained a reputation as a leading financial centre within the EU Zone. Malta’s geographic proximity to continental Europe and to North Africa, its multi-lingual workforce and comparatively low overhead costs have helped Malta to develop as a favourable location within the EU to conduct international trade.
Why Consider … more
Ideal Characteristics for the Location of an International Holding Company
The location of a holding company is an important consideration in any international structure where the objective is to minimise the tax charged on the income flow. Ideally the company should be in a jurisdiction which:
Has a good double tax treaty network, thereby minimising withholding taxes on dividends received. … more
IN408 - The Use of a Malta Holding Company to Hold Shares in a Swiss Company - The Advantages Available
Malta has long been considered a leading holding company jurisdiction due to its participating holding exemption on dividends and capital gains, as well as its lack of withholding tax on payments to shareholders.
Switzerland has also been a favoured location for international trading and holding companies as these companies enjoy beneficial rates of taxation as well as access to Switzerland’s … more
Dixcart fornece serviços de administração de fundos em Malta e na Ilha de Man.
A partir de Malta, podemos fornecer uma vasta gama de serviços, incluindo contabilidade e elaboração de relatórios financeiros, serviços administrativos empresariais, administração de fundos, avaliações e serviços financeiros.
Os Benefícios da Criação de um Fundo em Malta
Um dos principais benefícios de se utilizar … more
Moving to Malta – An Attractive EU Location
Malta offers five residence schemes to meet different individual circumstances. Each scheme provides an opportunity for individuals to move to Malta and/or to gain Maltese citizenship and, subsequently, a Maltese passport.
Malta is an appealing EU jurisdiction offering a temperate climate and attractive beaches. Located in the … more
Malta has the largest combined ship and yacht maritime register in Europe and ranks amongst the top 10 worldwide.
Malta provides the benefits of vessels being able to fly an EU Flag, an accessible and efficient regulatory authority and an extensive network of Double Taxation Treaties (over 60 in force).
Yacht Leasing in Malta and the VAT Efficiencies Available
Malta has operated a yacht … more
IN380 - Foundations - Why? And Consideration of Various Jurisdictions: Guernsey, The Isle of Man, Malta and Nevis
Foundations are useful tools in terms of wealth management and asset protection. The jurisdictions of Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Malta and Nevis are attractive locations in which to establish a foundation. Each of these jurisdictions offer a number of potential advantages and the most appropriate jurisdiction will depend upon each specific situation.
Foundations: A Definition
A foundation is a … more
Dixcart provides aircraft registration services in a number of jurisdictions. These jurisdictions have registries which offer a variety of advantages and tax efficiencies.
Dixcart can advise on aircraft registration and help coordinate the aircraft registration process in: Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Malta and Portugal. This can include establishing and administering the relevant ownership … more
The level of regulation within the e-gaming industry is constantly being reviewed to increase protection for users. Many of the less well regulated jurisdictions are beginning to find themselves less attractive to the major e-gaming organisations.
Agreement between the Isle of Man and Malta
The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority entered … more
IN275 - A Consideration of Shipping in the Jurisdictions of Cyprus, the Isle of Man, Madeira (Portugal) and Malta
Dixcart can provide clients with a number of alternative ship registration solutions.
This note provides a brief overview of the shipping regimes in Cyprus, the Isle of Man, Madeira (Portugal) and Malta. More detailed information is available on request regarding shipping in each of the jurisdictions considered in this Article.
Cyprus is a major ship management centre attracting … more
The Government of Malta introduced a new “Malta Residence and Visa Programme” at the end of August 2015. This programme is open to non-EU nationals and their dependants who wish to reside or stay indefinitely in Malta.
Each applicant must make a three-tier investment.
1. Contribution: A €30,000 payment to the Maltese Government AND
2. Qualifying Investment: … more
Malta has experienced a significant increase in the registration of new companies during the past few years and a consistent growth in Gross Domestic Product, boosted by the success of the financial services sector.
The growth in the financial services sector can be directly attributed to Malta’s generous system of tax refunds and unilateral relief, as well as Malta’s reputation as a compliant … more
The Maltese Government has introduced a new residence programme, which is available to non-EU individuals and enables them to reside or stay indefinitely in Malta.
The criteria for the programme are:
a €30,000 contribution to the Maltese Government; AND
an investment of a minimum €250,000 in Malta for at least 5 years; AND
the purchase of a property in Malta to the minimum value of €320,000, … more
It is possible for a company to be incorporated in one jurisdiction and to be resident in another. In certain circumstances this can generate tax efficiencies.
It is very important to always ensure that the company is properly managed and controlled from the jurisdiction in which it is resident.
The jurisdictions of Cyprus, Malta and the UK present a number of opportunities, as detailed below. … more
Cyprus, Ireland and Malta are sovereign members of the European Union. Cyprus and Ireland both offer the very competitive corporate tax rate of 12.5% whilst Malta provides very generous tax rebates in respect to the external distribution of dividends, resulting in an ‘effective’ corporate tax rate of 5%.
The decision to use one of these three jurisdictions naturally depends on … more
In November 2013 Malta introduced the Individual Investor Programme (‘IIP’), which is the only Passport Programme in the European Union that has been approved by the European Commission.
This programme, designed for non-EU individuals, has proved to be a resounding success, with over 400 applications received to date from individuals in more than 40 countries.
Malta is a full … more
The opening of the Malta Business Centre in June 2014 has been a great success. Dixcart has assisted organisations with international interests to establish themselves in Malta in a cost effective manner, whilst, where necessary, fully meeting substance requirements. Organisations occupying the Malta Business Centre include start up companies as well as established businesses active across a … more
Malta offers a number of interesting residence programmes, such as The Global Residence Programme, The Highly Qualified Persons Scheme and The Malta Retirement Programme.
For many the most attractive programme is The Individual Investor Programme (IIP) as this enable non-EU citizens to obtain a Maltese passport.
During the first quarter of 2014 the Maltese Government and the EU confirmed the … more
WHY USE MALTA?
The Republic of Malta is an archipelago consisting of the three inhabited islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino. The Maltese islands are situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, about 100 km south of Italy.
Factors contributing to and enhancing the status of the jurisdiction include:
Malta is a member of the EU and therefore has access to European Union Conventions.
It … more
On 1 July 2013, Malta launched the Global Residence Programme. An individual from outside of the European Union (EU) buying a higher value property in Malta can benefit from the scheme and gain a residence permit in Malta.
The Global Residence Programme replaces the High Net Worth Individuals Scheme. Previously individuals from outside the EU and outside the European Economic Area (EEA) had to … more
The Malta ship registry is now the largest shipping register in the European Union and the 5th largest in the world.
During the summer of 2013 the Maltese Government issued guidelines in relation to the application of VAT on short-term yacht charters, following on from the success of the Yacht Leasing Arrangement.
VAT Treatment for Short Term Yacht Chartering Explained
The short-term charter … more