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Key Facts for Limited Companies in Malta; a legitimate low tax EU jurisdiction
5% effective corporate tax rate, no withholding, capital gains or entry or exit taxes. No inheritance or wealth taxes.

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Malta - Limited Company Factsheet by Acumum

  1. 1. Malta’s International Legal & Advisory Firm Malta - Limited Company Factsheet  Corporate Rules  Registration Requirements  Taxation Malta— Flexible, Settled Corporate Laws Why Malta? With its corporate laws based upon those of the UK, Malta has utilised tried and tested corporate laws and principles into its own legislations; providing comfort and security to the commercial and business community. Corporate Vehicles By far the most popular corporate structure is that of the limited liability company ‘Ltd’, however, there are a number of structures available, the following being the most commonly used:  A limited liability company  Limited partnership  General partnership  Oversea Branches Shareholders A Malta limited company can be registered. With a single shareholder, as a private exempt company. However, it is more usual for there to be a minimum of 2 shareholders. Please note, that where a foreign company wishes to have a Malta subsidiary, then a nominal shareholding by a third party, held on behalf of the beneficiaries is utilized. Oversea Branches Malta’s company laws provides the ability for foreign companies to set up branches in Malta, without the necessity of incorporating new, or re-domiciling established companies; providing additional choice and flexibility in respect of corporate structuring. Corporate Documentation As per the UK, a Malta limited company is set up via the use of a Memorandum and Articles of Association, which stipulate:  Company Name  Details concerning the subscribers of the shares, directors and company secretary  Registered Address  Nature of the company—private or public  Object & purpose of the company  Details of the share capital—both authorised and issued  The manner of the representation of the company Low Statutory Fees Registration fees upon incorporation of a Ltd company, are dependent upon the amount of the authorised share capital. The minimum charge for incorporation is €245 being 20% fully paid up on an authorised share capital of €1500. Larger share capital - up to a maximum of €2250 can be chosen. The Company Registrar’s fee for incorporation is €240. Thus, a Malta limited company can be incorporated for only €485 in share and statutory fees. Accounting & Audit Requirements Each Malta company must submit audited accounts at the end of each financial year, in accordance with Malta’s Companies Act 1995 and International Accounting Standards (IFRS). Financial statements constitute of the directors’ report, the auditors’ report, balance sheet, profit and loss account, notes to the financial statements together with schedules to the profit and loss account. About Malta’s Tax System 5% Effective Corporate Tax Rate Due to Malta’s system of tax refunds, the corporate tax rate of 35% can be reduced to 5%. Added to which are a number of exemptions such as patent royalties, which suffer 0% tax. Full Imputation System Unique within the European Union and one of only a handful of countries worldwide, Malta’s corporate tax system employs the full imputation system. Meaning that tax paid at the corporate level is fully imputated at the shareholder level— shareholders’ dividends are not taxed. VAT Reduction For certain sectors such as aviation and maritime, Malta has introduced beneficial tax and VAT regimes. In some instances such as the importation of aircraft into the EU, the VAT rate is 0%. Remittance - 0% Tax As an ex-British colony, Malta retains the principal of domicile . A foreign incorporated and therefore not domiciled SPV, resident in Malta —subject to certain conditions analogous to ’effective management & control’ & type of income will not be subject to Malta tax if foreign sourced passive income is not remitted to Malta. Acumum - Legal & Advisory ‘Uniquely local - Uniquely International’ Located in the EU tax efficient jurisdiction of Malta, Acumum Legal & Advisory employs Maltese, UK, & international lawyers & tax accountants - with extensive on-location & off-shore international experience - providing appropriate, bespoke solutions. info@acumum.com | www.acumum.com | Skype ID: acumum Malta Office: +356 2778 1700 260 Triq San Albert, Gzira, GZR 1150, Malta (EU) Information for guidance purposes only © Acumum 2014
  2. 2. Malta’s International Legal & Advisory Firm Malta - A Low Tax EU Jurisdiction 100% EU & OECD Legitimate Acumum - Legal & Advisory ‘Uniquely local - Uniquely International’ Located in the EU tax efficient jurisdiction of Malta, Acumum Legal & Advisory employs Maltese, UK, & international lawyers & tax accountants - with extensive on-location & off-shore international experience. Providing appropriate, cost effective, bespoke solutions. Taxation Corporate & Company Formation Financial Services Licenses Gaming Aviation Insurance Licenses Intellectual Property Trusts & Foundations Maritime & Yachts Telco, Tech, Media Estate & Wealth Management Arbitration & Litigation Immigration & Residency Divisions Compliance Accounting, Tax & Back Office Outsourcing Excellence| Superb Client Service| Cost Efficient Dubai, Luxembourg & Portugal Representative Offices info@acumum.com | www.acumum.com | Skype ID: acumum Malta Office: +356 2778 1700 260 Triq San Albert, Gzira, GZR 1150, Malta (EU) Information for guidance purposes only © Acumum 2014

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