The Maltese government does not restrict the purchase of property in Malta as long as all requirements of property acquisition permits and licenses are followed accordingly. As a general rule, the properties acquired should not be used for rentals or modified into other structures—they should be solely used for residency. Besides family, guests may be allowed to live there only when the landlord is available.
Shelf or aged or vintaged companies are entities that have all the proper documentation for trading in Malta but have stopped or never traded for different reasons. Since these companies have are already registered in Malta, they can be sold to foreign investors who do not want to go through the long and rigorous process of setting up a company in Malta for the first time.
Double taxation often crops up for companies doing business internationally and can be such a headache to the modern business world. Maltese citizens contemplating of doing business in Switzerland and Swiss citizens who want to do business in Malta vice versa will be relieved to know of the June 2012 standing treaty that prevents double taxation for legal entities carrying out taxable activities in either of the two states.
Although Malta and Russia have a long history of bilateral relations, they did not conclude a double taxation agreement until the 24th of April 2014. The treaty was signed in an effort to avoid double taxation as well as to prevent fiscal evasion in regards to taxes on capital and income charged on companies conducting business in the two countries. It came into effect on the 22nd of May 2014.
Registering for tax in Malta is no different from other countries and it actually comes with a number of benefits. Every business operating in Malta is mandated to register for tax with the Department of Inland Revenue in Malta in order to legally operate on the market. To be recognized as a taxpayer, you should obtain a Maltese PE number, which is also issued out by the department of inland revenue. This will allow you to legally retain and pay taxes for both your company and for your employees.
Malta’s taxation system is closely similar to that of Great Britain but there are some slight variations when it comes to aspects like the dividend tax. The government's strategy on dividend tax affects local companies and foreign businesses differently. Dividend tax is imposed on locals (domicile and tenant) companies — they are obligated to pay their taxes on returns from capital gains and other forms of income.