The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit is notifying subject persons and all interested stakeholders that the European Commission has launched a public consultation on an EU regulatory framework on crypto-assets (virtual financial assets). The consultation, which takes the form of a questionnaire, is not specific to AML/CFT matters but does include some questions on the topic. […]

The European Union will drop Marshall Islands from the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes after the jurisdiction agreed to ban letterbox companies. The decision was made in recognition of the two countries’ reforms to implement the commitments they had made to improve by the end of 2018 their tax policy framework. “The […]

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is going to propose a global minimum tax that would apply country by country before the next meeting of G‑20 finance ministers and central bankers set for 17 Oct. in Washington, DC. G7 leaders announced at their Biarritz summit meeting this week a pledge to update international tax […]

Malta Patent Box Regime

Aiming to further increase its competitiveness as a jurisdiction for the holding and development of intellectual property rights, Malta has introduced a Patent Box Regime by means of Legal Notice 208 of 2019 entitled the Patent Box Regime (Deduction) Rules. The rules are applicable as from 1 January 2019 (Year of Assessment 2020), The rules […]

Malta’s Commissioner for Revenue has published an updated version of theNotional Interest Deduction (NID) Guidelines. The update concerns the NID for accounting periods other than 12 months, and includes the following: To further approximate the neutrality between debt and equity financing, an adjustment shall be applied to the NID to remove distortive and disproportionate deductions […]

According to the Tax Justice Network latest Financial Secrecy index Switzerland is the largest tax haven followed by the US.  Third on the list is the Cayman Islands. The US move to second largest tax haven is due to the refusal of the American government to sign the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard. Read more here: […]

Panama which was considered as a “blacklisted” by the EU finance ministers for failing to co-operate with the European Union’s efforts to crack down on tax havens, has signed up to the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard. “By signing the CRS MCAA today, Panama is re-affirming its commitment to the automatic exchange of financial account information, pursuant to the […]

UBO Register for Companies

As of 1st January 2018 all Maltese foundations have a new obligation to identify, record and report their beneficial owners to the Registrar of Legal Persons. A right of access to such new information will also come about.   Which entities must comply? The Regulation applies to all foundations established: as a beneficiary foundation, for […]

The 2018 Malta Budget

On October 9, 2017 the Finance Minister of Malta gave the 2018 Budget speech which did not include any new taxes or tax increases. The salient provisions of the Maltese 2018 Budget are described in our publication titled ‘Summary of the Malta 2018 Budget’.

On October 5, 2017, a legal notice on the Notional Interest Deduction (NID) Rules has been published. These rules introduce a new concept to the Maltese tax system applicable as of year of assessment 2018 whereby the tax treatment of equity is brought in line with the tax treatment of debt. In terms of the […]