Starting a Business in Malta
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Starting a Business in Malta
“Malta’s business legislation and tax systems are considered amongst the most favourable in Europe and this is supported by its strategic location straddling the busiest shipping lanes in the Mediterranean. Malta has a strong financial services sector, and a thriving on-line gaming industry. Ongoing strategies include specific targeting of knowledge economy sectors including financial services, information technology companies, research and development, and high end manufacturing.” UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office; 2012 We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Following its accession to the European Union in 2007, Malta has weathered the global economic downturn - maintaining A or A+ status in the major economy indexes. Historically, Malta has always boasted low employment, and its multi- lingual labour-force is characteristically productive. Needless to say, the weather's quite appealing too.
With one of the lowest effective corporate tax rates in the EU – 0-5% and low personal income tax rates, Malta is positioning itself as being a premier financial & business centre.
Business Start – Up Facts
No license or permits are needed for non – regulated business activities. Regulated activities would cover financial or insurance services, or normally regulated professions – for example medical or pharmaceutical activities. By far the most common vehicle for both trading and holding companies is the limited company ‘Ltd’. As the Malta Company Act is based on the UK Companies Act – the requirements for incorporation and maintenance are mostly the same as those in the UK. Sole traders & partnerships are also common. As a full member of the EU, no residency permits are required for EU citizenships. For non EU citizens, there are a number of residency options available.
- Standard & Poor 2012 Rating: long-term sovereign credit A-; short term rating A-2.
- Moody, Sept 2012 Government Bond Rating: A3
- Fitch:, Sept 2012 Short-term IDR at 'F1' and Country Ceiling at 'AAA
- GDP €6.4 billion
- GDP Growth 2.9%
- GDP per Capita €15,300
- Inflation rate 1.5%
- 12th soundest banking system & 15th position in Financial Market Development (World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2011 – 2012)
- Single financial services regulatory body; MFSA
Mixed common & civil law system – corporate, commercial & trusts laws based upon UK statutes
Euro - please use the currency converter located on the site.
Maltese & English are co-official national languages.
Typically Mediterranean: hot, dry summers; warm, occasionally wet autumns; short, cooler winters.
Temperatures are seasonally consistent, and average around 18 degrees centigrade.
Flight times UK - 3; Frankfurt - 2, Dubai - 7
Organisations that can assist with Starting a Business
Sovereign offers a range of advisory and support services to assist companies of all sizes to establish successful business operations in foreign markets.
More Group is an international accounting firm specialising in tax accounting, business incorporation, and trustee services. Contact us today to book your free initial consultation.
Legal Absolute provides a bespoke advisory service across a range of areas for international clients. We combine a fresh approach with professionalism and expertise, offering comprehensive, tailored services in today’s global and competitive market.
PEO Worldwide is an international PEO offering employer of record, payroll, employee benefits management, HR and compliance services throughout the world.
Papilio Services Limited is a leading independent Maltese service provider with a focus on corporate, residence and tax advisory services to private clients and businesses worldwide. We provide holistic tailor made solutions for persons or businesses wishing to set up business in Malta.
Simplified Global Payroll Companies with global employees often find that managing payroll in multiple countries is complicated - different systems, laws, and languages in each country, lack of reporting, and constantly changing laws and regulations each year. Trying to manage global payroll via fax and email with excel spreadsheets leads to data security issues, fines, and penalties for non-compliance. Blue Marble has solved global payroll challenges with cloud-based technology, aggregated reporting, and a hybrid service model in 135+ countries around the world.
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