Incorporation of Company

Onshore Jurisdictions
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Malta has been a member of the EU since 2004.The corporate tax rate in Malta is 35 % but the law provides for a tax refund. After the financial statements are filed, the tax to the government is paid and a decision on the profit distribution is taken by a company, the shareholders receive a tax refund in the amount of 6/7 of the amount paid, which results in an actual tax rate of 5%. The tax refund is made within 2 months on average.

Malta’s tax system is one of the most favourable in the EU. Along with the actual corporate tax rate of 5%, the income received as a capital gain or dividends are fully exempt from taxation. The conditions for these types of income to be exempt from tax (Participation Exemption), is that a Maltese company must hold a capital share in a foreign company of not less than 10%.

Moreover, in Malta there is no withholding tax on the repatriation of dividends, interest or royalties, regardless of the country they are paid to. Losses from previous years may ported forward and be deducted from profits of the subsequentperiods without time limitation.

Principal Corporate Legislation: The Companies Act, 1995 as amended.
Type of Law: Civil.
Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents: English
Type of Company for International Trade, Investment & Tax Planning: Private Limited Liability Company.



Malta Company

Share Capital
The minimum authorised share capital is EUR 1,165. Minimum paid up share capital is EUR 1,165.
Classes of Share Available
Registered shares, preference shares, redeemable shares and shares with or without voting rights.
Bearer Shares
Not permitted.
Restrictions on Trading
Banking, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, collective investment schemes, trust management, trusteeship business provision are not permitted.
Registered Office Required
Yes, must be maintained in Malta.
The minimum number of directors is one. Director can be of any nationality and need not be resident in Malta. Corporate directors are permitted.
The minimum number of shareholders is one.
Publicly Accessible Records
Nominee Shareholders and Nominee Directors
Location of Meetings of Directors and Shareholders
Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities
Personal Presence Required
The corporate tax rate is currently stands at 35%. When dividends are paid by trading companies to the shareholders, these shareholders become entitled to claim refunds 6/7ths of the Malta tax paid by the company. taking into account such refunds, this results in an effective rate of Malta tax is 5%.
Maltese companies trading from Malta may be registered for VAT purposes and the VAT prefix will be 'MT'.
Double Taxation Treaty Access
Requirements to File Accounts
Requirement to File Annual Return
Audit Requirements
Exchange Control
Language of Name
Restricted Words
Words such as "Assurance", "Bank", "Building Society", "Royal", "Trust Company", "Trustee Company" etc. will require justification.
Name of a Company
The words "Limited", or Ltd must be part of the name of every company.
Time to Incorporate
5-10 days.


Cost of Formation: Request a quotation


Card PMT provides the following services in Malta:

  • Maltese Company Formation
  • Registered Office Services
  • Company Secretarial Services
  • Nominee Shareholder/Nominee Director
  • Opening of Bank Accounts
  • Full Company Administration Services
  • Mailing Address
  • Virtual Office
  • Book Keeping & Audit
  • VAT Registration
  • EORI Registration
  • Trademark Registration

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