Msida, Malta, October 05, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- On the 1st October 2012 Legal notice L.N. 317 of 2012 Income Tax Act (CAP. 123) Malta Retirement Programme Rules, 2012 was published.
At the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta ,an independent state and EU member encourages foreigners to take up residence in Malta. Malta has been lauded as one of the few countries that is still smiling the midst of the Euro Storm ( Il Sole 24 , September 2012) , considered as the 2nd safest country in the World (World Risk Report 2012) . Find out more about Malta on the webpage http://www.johnhubermalta.com/Living/Default.aspx
Malta is an excellent place to retire at any age hence the introduction of the Malta Retirement Programme appeases the requirements of many EU , EEA or Swiss nationals whose main income is from pensions, retirement schemes and plans and lifetime or temporary annuities.
The policy is supported by an attractive tax structure, amongst other advantages. Foreigners residing in Malta are not taxed on their worldwide income but only on Maltese source income and on foreign income remitted to Malta. There are no wealth or real estate taxes. Whilst a tax on capital gains arising from the sale of immovable property does exist, this does not apply to the sale of one’s main residence if owned and occupied for at least 3 years. Malta’s tax legislation provides for relief from double taxation, whether through negotiated double tax agreements with a substantial number of countries worldwide, or through unilateral provisions. Certain foreign income remitted to Malta qualifies for a reduced withholding rate of foreign tax (this applies typically to dividends, interest and royalties), or is exempt from foreign tax (this applies typically to private pensions and to certain capital gains). The provisions of each particular treaty entered into by Malta must, however, be consulted to determine eligibility.
In brief an outline of the new scheme detailed in the Legal Notice LN 317 of 2012 Income Tax Act ( Cap.123) is as follows :-
Once an EU / EEA / Swiss national has acquired the right to reside in Malta in terms of a Registration Certificate, one may also apply for a tax status in terms of the Malta Retirement Programme (MRP). Put simply, the entire pension/s must be declared in Malta and the pension/s shall constitute at least 75% of the total income chargeable to tax in Malta. Tax shall be a flat rate of 15% on the gross pension/s that shall be chargeable to tax in Malta. There is a minimum tax liability of €7500 per annum which is increased by €500 for each dependent. Husband and wife must pay a minimum of €8000. All individuals resident in Malta and benefitting from the Malta Retirement Programme must not reside in any other single jurisdiction for more than 183 days in any year and must also reside in Malta for a minimum of 90 days a year averaged over any five-year period.
Applications can only be submitted through an Authorised Registered Mandatory
In order to qualify for the Malta Retirement Programme status, the applicant must either own property or lease property in Malta or Gozo. Lease must be taken for not less than a twelve month period and evidenced by a certified lease agreement submitted together with the application.
More information can be found on the link www.maltaretirementprogramme.com and www.johnhubermalta.com
Prospective applicants should always seek advice from an knowledgeable Authorised Registered Mandatory proficient in the various Malta residence schemes in order to assess which Malta Resident Scheme is most suitable for their requirements.
John Huber is Authorised as Registered Mandatory for the Malta Retirement Programme and Malta High Net Worth Scheme
About John Huber, Managing Consultant
John Huber is the Managing Consultant at John Huber & Associates, a Maltese advisory firm that caters for tax services with special focus on tax issues related to relocating to Malta, expatriate service and work permit requirements. He is authorised by the Commissioner of Inland Revenue to act as a Registered Mandatory for the High Networth Individuals Scheme.
John has worked in the field of tax for the past 23 years. Prior to setting up his own practice, he held the role of Associate Director at one of the big 4 audit firms.
John is an elected Council member at the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and also serves on the Board of Management apart from a number of Executive Committees. He is the immediate past President of the Malta Business Bureau housed both in Brussels and Malta where he still serves on the Board of Trustees. John also sits on the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) as a Malta Chamber representative.
John is appointed as Malta’s representative for employers on the EU Social Security System Advisory Committee. He has also been appointed as a Board Director at at Eurochambres - the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and is also a non-executive Director on a number of Maltese companies. He is also a board member on the Malta Community Chest Fund , a charitable institution chaired by The President of Malta.