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Malta Company Formation

Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries, at over 316 km2 (122 sq mi) with a population of just under 450,000. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.8 km.

As a former British Colony, with official languages Maltese and English, with Maltese also recognized as the national language, Malta has a unique combination of a multi-lingual workforce and a strong legal system.

Incorporation a company in Malta provides an effective, EU-based solution. Malta’s competitive tax system, extensive network of Double Taxation Agreements, and its English-speaking educated workforce make it an increasingly popular business vehicle for companies from all over the world to register a company in Malta. Whether one is in need for a Malta holding Company (to be used as part of an effective asset-holding structure), a Malta trading Company, a ship-owning Company, an investment vehicle or a captive insurance company, Malta provides several solutions to accommodate such requirements.

Malta Limited Companies are not considered as offshore companies as there is no offshore legislation in Malta.

Malta is currently signatory to almost 70 Double Tax Treaties and some interesting opportunities exist when putting into place the appropriate corporate structure. Corporate tax in Malta is calculated at a flat-rate of 35% on the gross profits based on the audited financial statements of the company. However, through the availability of a tax refund system granted to shareholders of Malta-registered companies, the overall net effective tax rate could be reduced to 0% in the case of holding company structures, and 5% in the case of trading companies. In either case, there are specific legal requirements that must be satisfied in order for shareholders to benefit from such tax refunds.

Malta Company Formation Service

Malta Company Formation Advantages

  • Double-tax agreements with almost 70 countries, residence certificate, VAT Number – VIES, EU Parent Subsidiary;
  • EU-compliant, low effective tax rates, a very professional and stable services infrastructure and a respected reputation;
  • The effective corporate tax rate is 5%. While the regular corporate tax rate is 35%, as a foreign shareholder, one would be reimbursed 80% of that amount. This results in a highly attractive 5% final rate;
  • There are no restrictions on foreign Directors or Shareholders, individual or corporate. For obtaining the resident status of the company the director and the secretary of the company must be local;
  • Interim dividends distribution is allowed. Distribution to foreign entities or individuals are not taxed in Malta;
  • Nominee servicesare available;
  • Board Meetings can be held anywhere in the world. However, for place of effective control & management, board meetings may be held in Malta.

Malta Company Formation Summary and Main Characteristics:

General Information 
Type of companyPrivate Company Limited by shares
Corporate LegislationMalta companies are regulated under the Malta Companies Act 1995. The Maltese Registry of Companies, and the Malta Financial Services Authority are the governing authorities. Legal system: Common Law
TaxationEffective corporate tax rate is 5%, Standard Corporation Tax – 35%
Tax on Dividends for foreigners – 0%
Standard VAT rate – 18%
CurrencyStandard Currency EUR€
Commonly used currency of shares capital EUR€
Paid up capital requirement20% of EUR 1,200 paid up capital requirement. Effectively a EUR 240 deposit in a CIF account.
Time zoneGMT (UTC) +1
Directors
Minimum no. required1
Local Director requiredNo, but in order to obtain the resident status of the company tax resident in Malta – Yes (can provided by Consil Formation)
Location of MeetingsAnywhere. However, for place of effective control & management, board meetings may be held in Malta.
Shareholders can be 100% foreign
Minimum no. required1
Location of MeetingsAnywhere. However, for place of effective control & management, board meetings may be held in Malta.
Company Secretary
RequiredYes (can provided by Consil Formation)
Local Secretary requiredNo, but in order to obtain the resident status of the company tax resident in Malta – Yes (can provided by Consil Formation)
Registered office requiredYes, local (can provided by Consil Formation)
Share Capital
Standard CurrencyEUR€
Standard Authorized Capital1200 EUR€
Minimum paid up capital0.2
Accounting Requirements
Preparation of accountsRequired (can be completed by Consil Formation)
Requirement for auditYes
Accounts public accessibleYes
Requirement to file Annual ReturnYes (can be completed by Consil Formation)
Further Information
Bearer sharesNo
ConfidentialityYes
Nominee servicesAvailable
Need to travelNo
ApostilleYes, Hague Convention 1961
OwnersIndividuals or Corporate

Company Formation Fee

  • Company Formation – with all services included for the first year: €2.900;
  • Certificate of Incorporation;
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association;
  • Appointment of Director(s), Distribution of Shares, Minutes, Resolutions in accordance with banks requirements;
  • Share Certificate(s);
  • Authorized Share Capital of €1200; €240 must be deposited in a CIF account.
  • Local Registered Office Address;
  • Registered Agent;
  • Personal manager assistance for the entire period.
  • Preparation & Filing of Annual Return;

Renewal Fee after one year – with all services included for the next year: €2.400

  • Local Registered Office Address;
  • Registered Agent;
  • Preparation & Filing of Annual Return;
  • Personal manager assistance for the entire period;

Further Optional Services:

  • Accounting & Bookkeeping – Quotation based on each particular case.
  • Nominee Director – Individual or Corporate as per client’s request – €900;
  • Nominee Shareholder – Individual or Corporate as per client’s request – €600;
  • Local Licensed Secretary – individual as per client’s request – €900;
  • Power of Attorney – General / Special PoA Notary Legalized with Apostille, in accordance official institutions and with banks requirements – €500;
  • Certificate of Good Standing with Apostille,in accordance with official institutions and banks requirements – €450;
  • Certificate of Incumbency with Apostille,in accordance with official institutions and banks requirements – €450;
  • Obtaining the VAT number and validation/registration in VIES – €600;
  • Apostilled & notarized set of company documents – €350;
  • Apostille per document – €310;
  • Notarization per set of documents – €200;
  • Notarization per document – €150;
  • Company Seal – €65;
  • Company Rubber Stamp – €45;
  • Courier – €80;
  • Bank Account opening service – Quotation based on each particular case;
  • Compliance Service – After Company Incorporation Services – new persons, legal entities, annual compliance review: €75 / hour;

If you are looking to open a bank account in the particular country or bank, please contact as by e-mail office@consilformation.com
or call our Banking Department at +34 685 28 86 93

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