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Five-year strategy for Malta Business Registry unveiled

The Malta Business Registry has unveiled its strategic plan for the next five years, focusing on addressing “critical performance issues”. Unveiling the plan on Wednesday, Economy Minister Silvio Schembri said the strategy seeks to enhance efficiency, lessen bureaucratic procedure and safeguard the reputation of Malta’s jurisdiction...

Regulatory coordination essential for Malta’s reputation

OECD’s Malta peer review on tax information sharing highlights problems with reporting of data as reason for downgrade. The IFSP duly notes the outcome of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes: Malta 2020 (Second Round) Peer Review Report (‘the Report’)...

IFSP establishes a Directors’ Working Group

Increasing regulation leads Institute of Financial Services Practitioners to provide support to a specific niche of members and practitioners.   Independent directors provide an essential and important service to companies established or resident in Malta, be they international or domestic. Good corporate governance requires the board-level oversight...

ATAD Guidelines published

The Office of the Commissioner for Revenue has published Guidelines in relation to the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directives Implementation Regulations (ATAD) on Monday, 31 August 2020. The Guidelines may be downloaded via this link; should you wish to see the notice of publication, please use this link....

Malta, Luxembourg Agree To Russian DTA Changes

The Russian Government has disclosed that both Luxembourg and Malta have agreed to change their double tax agreement with Russia to increase withholding tax rates on cross-border dividends and interest income. The announcement follows the Russian Government's decision to terminate its double tax agreement with Cyprus...

Malta allocated €243.6m in EU loans through unemployment aid scheme

Malta has been allocated €243.6 million in loans given by the EU through the temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE) initiative. In a statement, the Finance Ministry highlighted that Malta is among the first tranche of countries to be allocated funds through...

Practitioners need enabling powers for information exchange – IFSP President

Practitioners must have enabling powers or laws providing for the exchange of information, according to Wayne Pisani, President of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners. He stressed the need for information exchange among practitioners and between public/private parties, arguing that practitioners need enabling powers or laws...

Succeeding The Moneyval Test Is A Shared Responsibility

The Malta Chamber leads Financial Services Sector delegation to the Prime Minister, to discuss Malta’s progress on fulfilling the requirements of the Moneyval Report which remains an issue of primary concern for business. The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry yesterday led a delegation, composed...

FIAU Notice: Guidance Document On The Funding Of Terrorism

The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (“FIAU”) has today published a Guidance Document on Funding of Terrorism, which builds upon and incorporates the 2018 ‘Guidance Note on Funding of Terrorism – Red Flags and Suspicious Activities’.   The salient features of this Guidance Document include:   Insights and select...

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