On 12th January 2021 Honourable Alex Muscat, Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Communities, together with Mr Charles Mizzi, CEO of Malta Residency and Visa Programme Agency (MRVA), presented a proposal to introduce changes to the Malta Residency and Visa Programme (MRVP). It is being proposed that the new programme will be renamed to Malta Permanent […]

On the 1st of December 2020, Poland and Malta have signed a protocol amending the 1994 income tax treaty. According to the Polish Ministry of Finance, the protocol provides for the implementation of the minimum BEPS standards and, in particular, includes amendments providing for Withholding tax on fees for technical services; Specifically, changes to the […]

Malta’s Commissioner for Revenue has announced that the DAC6 XML Schema to be used for filing information in relation to reportable cross-border arrangements and the DAC6 XML Schema user guide are now available on the following on their website Reportable Cross-Border Arrangements On 25 May 2018 Council Directive 2011/16/EU (‘Directive on Administrative Cooperation’) was amended […]

Malta’s Commissioner for Revenue has announced a further extension of the deadline for electronic filing of corporate tax returns for the accounting year ended 31 December 2019. Previously extended to 27 November 2020, the deadline is now 16 December 2020. Extension of Corporate Tax Return Electronic Filing Deadline In view of delays that the COVID-19 […]

On 17 December 2019 Legal Notice 342 introduced regulations implementing the European Union Directive on the mandatory disclosure and exchange of cross-border tax arrangements were published (commonly referred to as DAC6). The regulations had to come into force as from 1 July 2020, however their enactment was postponed due to pandemic. The new effective date […]

On 1 October 2020, Malta and Russia signed a Protocol amending the Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the prevention of Fiscal Evasion between the two countries. This new Protocol includes amendments to Article 10 of the Convention concerning dividends payments, Article 11 concerning interest payments as well as Article 24 being the Non-Discrimination […]

The British Virgin Islands government has officially announced its commitment to the implementation of public registers of beneficial ownership in the territory, despite “reservations”. Premier Andrew Fahie said: “Your government commits to working in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Government towards a publicly accessible register of beneficial ownership for companies, in line with international standards and […]

On 8 September 2020, the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation signed the Protocol to amend the double tax treaty between the two countries. The amendments to the Treaty should be effective as of 1 January 2021 (provided the Protocol is ratified by both parties by the end of 2020). We hereby list the most […]

As empowered by Article 98(2) of the Income Tax Act, the Commissioner For Revenue has, on 31 August 2020, published a set of guidelines (the Guidelines) concerning the scope, interpretation and application of the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directives (ATAD) Implementation Regulations (S.L.123.187.) with particular reference to the Interest Deduction Limitation rules, Exit Taxation, Controlled Foreign Company […]

Russia has announced it is unilaterally cancelling its double taxation agreement (DTA) with Cyprus, following the failure of negotiations to amend the treaty in line with Moscow’s new anti-offshoring business tax regime. In April 2020, President Vladimir Putin announced a new 15 per cent tax on dividend payments from Russian businesses to parent companies in […]