Our firm is licensed by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), to offer company formations and other corporate services in Malta. This has been enabled through the specializations our people hold in their respective fields.
This ensures that our clients receive expert advise whereby company formations and corporate services are delivered through the highest standards of quality. Moreover, since these services are provided in-house, we are able to provide them through the most competitive prices.
Our services are not only geared to holistically handle the whole setting up of the client’s preferred corporate structure but also extend to the ongoing maintenance of the company. We offer holistic financial solutions to our clients including but not limited to, auditing and assurance, indirect and direct tax advice, assistance and advice on bank finance, accountancy, human resource management, corporate consultancy, other corporate services and fiduciary services.
Through our affiliate company which is a licensed trustee by the Malta Financial Services Authority, we are able to provide expert advice in relation to fiduciary and trustee services to clients.
1. Effective Tax Rate in Malta
Setting up a company in Malta provides numerous benefits, particularly when the ultimate beneficiary owner of the company is not resident in Malta. In these scenarios, the company would be taxed at a rate of 35% but would be subject to a refund claim of 6/7th of the Maltese tax paid. Thus, benefitting from an effective tax rate of 5% on profits arising from the company’s trading activities. This activity does not necessarily have to be carried out in Malta.
On the other hand when the profits arise from passive income, these are taxed at a rate of 35% but would be subject to a refund claim of 5/7th of the Maltese tax paid. Thus, benefitting from an effective tax rate of 10% on profits arising from the company’s passive income generated from interest and royalties.
2. Single Member companies
A single member company may be set up in Malta. This is where the same person is vested with all powers in the company including roles related to the Director, Shareholder, Judicial Representative, Legal Representative and Company Secretary. In the case of single member companies, the only restriction would be that the company may only carry out one trading activity.
3. Time and Cost effectiveness
Having a company set up in Malta, is not only efficient in terms of timeframes but is also cost effective. The company formation process takes an average time frame of five days to be completed. The initial share capital to set up the company may be as low as Eur 1,165. The professional fees to have the company registered are similarly cost effective, when compared to those of other jurisdictions.
Once the company is registered one would need to apply for the Income Tax registration number of the company, which registration number would be issued instantaneously. Registration for the Value Added Tax number together with the opening of the Bank Account in Malta would follow.
4. Documents required to register a company
Prior to registering the company in Malta, the professional body would require to carry out a due diligence exercise on the client in accordance with Anti-Money Laundering legislations in Malta. In this regard, the following documentation would be requested from the client as part of this process:
a) Passports of the involved parties;
b) Proof of residence of the involved parties which may include a utility bill, the driving license or the identity card of the parties;
c) Bank Reference from a recognised bank which confirms a relationship of more than two years during which time the client has conducted his or her account in a satisfactory manner;
d) A confirmation of the source of wealth of the shareholders.
Once this exercise is completed, the client would be required to provide information in relation to the corporate structure to be set up, including:
– Name of company;
– Name of the involved parties;
– Percentage of shares to be owned by each shareholder;
– Share capital to be invested in the company;
– The trading activity which the company will be carrying out.