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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...

IFSP AGM increases Council to 17

Larger Council needed to handle increased workload as a result of MONEYVAL and political uncertainty, while Institute also deals with disciplinary action for the first time in its 31 year history.   Dr Wayne Pisani was reconfirmed as President of the IFSP during the Institute’s Annual General...

Malta to record least negative economic growth, EC forecasts

The European Commission is expecting Malta to record the least negative economic growth in the Euro Area this year, announced the Ministry for Finance. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Ministry said it welcomed the 2020 Summer Economic Forecast published today.   The European Commission notes...

Fresh EU budget proposals may lead to financial transaction tax

A €100 million EU budget top-up could be a “pill sweetener” for the introduction of a Europe-wide financial transaction tax, the former head of the European Parliament office in Malta has warned.   “Malta needs to be very careful not to trade long-term interest with short-term gain,”...

Fitch Affirms Malta at ‘A+’; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Malta's Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A+' with a Stable Outlook.   A full list of rating actions is at the end of this rating action commentary.   KEY RATING DRIVERS   Malta's ratings balance high income per capita, euro area membership and large net...

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