Malta is a well-developed island state located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is currently considered as one of the most attractive countries for investors and the largest center of international business. It is through Malta that the main financial flows pass.
Registering a company in Malta will be a great opportunity for conducting a profitable business in Europe.
Key business advantages
If you want to set up a company in Malta, then consider the main advantages of the state:
- Geographically favorable location;
- The country is a member of the EU;
- Stable political and economic system;
- Progressive legislative framework;
- Highly developed communications system;
- Access to the leading world markets;
- Rather fast and easy registration process;
- The ability to use nominee services;
- A lot of signed double taxation avoidance agreements.
Maltese companies are regulated by the new Companies Act 1995. The most common legal form is a Private LLC.
If you are planning to register a company in Malta remotely, then you should know the following:
- A Maltese company must use the suffix Limited or Ltd. in the name. It is forbidden to use the following words: empire, crown, imperial. The use of certain words in the name requires a special license;
- A licensed attorney must prepare and submit a Memorandum and Articles of Association to the registration office of joint-stock companies. The Memorandum specifies the type of company activity, and the Articles of Association specify the rules governing the internal activities of the company;
- From 2 to 50 shareholders are required (at least one must be an individual). The minimum required number of directors is 1 (individual or legal entity). Information about shareholders is publicly available, anonymity can be achieved through nominee services;
- Bearer shares are not permitted;
- The size of the share capital must be at least 1 250 USD, you can contribute 20% of the amount;
- The company must have a registered office and agent in Malta. Only a resident can be appointed to the post of secretary;
- Submission of annual reports is required;
- General meetings can be held anywhere in the world.
In order to set up a Maltese company, you need to consider the tax system of the country:
- The standard corporate tax rate is 35%, but the government has created a number of conditions due to which this tax can be reduced to 5-6%;
- The tax on passive income (royalties, interest) is 10%, there is no tax on dividends for shareholders;
- Income from trading operations is taxed at 5%.
How to open a company in Malta?
If you are interested in registering a Maltese company remotely and opening of a corporate bank account, we recommend you to ask for qualified advice and support from YB Case specialists.
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