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From Idea to Reality: Registration of a Business in Malta

 
One of the first decisions you will need to make when you are about to set up your business is what legal format you want to operate under. This is one of the most important decisions you need to take at an early stage as it will determine how you will operate your business. The type of legal format you choose depends on what type of business you will be setting up and what industry sector you will be operating in. In addition, it also depends on the number of people investing money in the new venture.
 
The most common registration options are:
 
Self-employed / Sole Trader
Partnership
Limited Liability Company (Ltd)
Cooperative
 
All business entities must register for VAT to comply with the local Value Added Tax legislation of 1998.
 
To register a company in Malta is a tempting option for many entrepreneurs. Malta is popular among entrepreneurs as it is built on the traditional Mediterranean approach to business. The main motivation for owning a company in Malta lies in the island’s preferential tax regime and the highly developed business services sector. The country’s economic success builds on a competitive economy based on foreign capital, financial services, and the growing number of newly opened companies in Malta, increasing year on year.
 
When deciding to register a company in Malta, one should keep in mind that it will be cost-effective only for entities generating a yearly income exceeding EUR 100,000. That is the case due to the costs of its operation, the need to carry out an annual audit, and the tax refund system based on trading and holding companies.
 
The incorporation of a company in Malta have two ways. A Maltese company may be set up either as private or as a public company. The main difference is that in a private company there are restrictions on how and to whom shares can be transferred. The incorporation of a Maltese company can have a vast range of purposes; the same company can be used for holding shares and assets and for carrying out trading activities.
 
In Malta, company incorporation is regulated by the Registry of Companies which forms part of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA). Can a foreigner open a business in Malta? Yes. Company formation and registration is open to anyone in Malta - there're no restrictions to foreign ownership. Malta has one of the most business-friendly policies, it's easy for businesses to set up and operate on the island.
 
Company Directors
 
Any person of any nationality can act as a Company Director.
 
Company Secretary
 
Every company registered in Malta has to have a secretary who will be responsible for keeping:
 
The minute book of general meetings of the company
The minute book of meetings of the board of directors
The register of members
The register of debentures
Such other registers and records as the company secretary should keep by the board of directors.
 
The company secretary shall:
 
Ensures proper notices of all meetings
Ensures the preparation and delivery of all returns and other documents of the company in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Act, 1995
 
Bank Accounts
 
The Maltese company can operate bank accounts worldwide, if the board of Directors duly authorized the opening of such bank accounts. The board of directors also has the powers to appoint any other person to act as bank signatory on any specific bank accounts.
 
Registered Office
 
Each company registered in Malta must have a registered office in Malta where they hold all the documents and accounting records of the company.
 
Timeframe for Incorporation of a Company in Malta
 
Following the signing of the proposed Memorandum and Articles, the deposit of the share capital in a local bank account and the provision of all documents it should not take longer than five days to register the Company.
 
Why Incorporate a Company in Malta?
 
English is one of the two primary languages. Malta’s geographic position makes it the perfect logistics hub for trade links to Europe, North Africa and the Mediterranean. The Maltese Government is pro-business and in fact, is always proposing incentives for attracting FDI. Reasonable rental rate for industrial premises. The legislative framework is in line with the main EU directives which makes it sufficiently flexible and easy to relate to different legal systems especially those within the EU. Relatively low costs of living when compared to other parts of the EU.
 
Taxation of an Incorporated Company in Malta
 
Malta Corporate Tax
 
Malta operates a full imputation tax system which completely eliminates the economic double taxation of company profits. While the corporate tax rate stands at 35%, upon a distribution of dividends, the shareholders can get a refund of the Malta tax charged (generally 6/7ths).
 
Double Taxation Treaties
 
Malta has over 60 double taxation agreements, of which Maltese companies can avail themselves of.
 
Income derived from patents
 
Malta recently introduced a tax exemption applying to any income derived from patents. The exemption applies no matter where the patent was developed and no matter where it is registered, if that it is registrable in Malta.
 
Transfer Pricing
 
Malta does not have any transfer pricing regulations.
 
Thin capitalisation rules
 
Malta does not have any thin capitalisation rules.
 
CFC rules
 
Malta does not have any controlled foreign corporate rules.
 
Capital gains
 
In certain instances, gains derived from the disposal of shares in a company might be tax exempt.
 
Participation exemption
 
Malta has an attractive participation exemption regime which applies both for gains and dividends derived by holding shares into a foreign subsidiary.
 
Since the 1950s, Malta has introduced measures to attract entrepreneurs and investors from all over the world to develop the national economy and create more business opportunities in Malta. One of the most effective ways to attract foreign companies is Malta's preferential tax policy. In particular, the entire tax system of this country is strictly monitored by the EU, so it is extremely safe and legal. With numerous discounts and promotions for companies incorporated in Malta combined with being the gateway to Europe and the Middle East, the country is becoming one of the world's best investment destinations.
 
In addition, to make it easier for you to choose the industry to set up a company, find here listed the top 10 businesses in Malta that are considered to have the most growth potential in 2023.
 
Financial services
Information and communications technology
Distribution/export - import of electronic equipment
Office services
Health services
Oil and Gas
Logistics
Training and education
Gaming
Airline service
 
With these top 10 businesses in Malta, we hope you will have an overview of which areas to invest in. At the same time, you can also carefully consider factors such as financial resources and long-term business plans before making the decision to set up a company in Malta.
 


 
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