The MBR and the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue are taking measures to protect the health of employees and to mitigate the risks posed by the COVID-19 outbreak

23rd March 2020 • News

The Institute of Financial Services Practitioners has been notified by both the Malta Business Register and the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue of measures they are taking to protect the health of employees and to mitigate the risks posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

The Office of the Commissioner for Revenue has notified that the front office that processes share transfer documents for income tax and duty purposes, housed within the premises of the Malta Business Registry (MBR) will be closed as from Monday 16th March 2020 until further notice. The full notice is available below.

 

The Malta Business Registry is also closing its offices temporarily, and will be putting in place remote working measures. The Registry will continue to provide its services via internet, email and telephone. Full details are available below.

 

 

Office of the Commissioner for Revenue notice

 

Temporary closure of Share Transfers Receiving Section and alternative arrangements

 

The Office of the Commissioner for Revenue has notified that the front office that processes share transfer documents for income tax and duty purposes housed within the premises of the Malta Business Registry (MBR) will be closed as from Monday 16th March 2020 until further notice.

 

This is a temporary precautionary measure being taken for public health reasons.

 

The International & Corporate Tax Unit (ICTU) will still be processing the share transfer applications in accordance with the following procedure:

 

  • Envelopes with the required documents addressed to the ICTU are to be left at the MBR main reception clearly indicating that these relate to share transfers.
  • The share transfer documents will be processed and the necessary documentation will be forwarded to the MBR.
  • Should any further documentation be needed, the same procedure will be adopted as explained above.
  • The stamped schedule/s and share transfer agreement/s will be sent to the applicant by post.

 

Please ensure that all contact details, including a mailing address, an e-mail address and contact numbers, are provided.

 

Malta Business Registry notice

 

Offices temporarily closed, but work continues

 

Following the Coronavirus outbreak which is spreading to various parts of the globe, MBR has activated our business-continuity contingency plans to ensure continuous operations throughout this situation.

While all services are in full operation, MBR has implemented several precautionary procedures that reflect the Agency’s focus on:

 

  • The health and safety of our employees and clients
  • The continuity of our services
  • Compliance with public health authorities’ guidance in place to address the situation

 

In the light of the above, we would like to inform the public, and particularly our clients, that MBR will be putting in place remote working measures, and our offices will be closed to the public with immediate effect until further notice. However, this will not impact our services as we will continue to provide services to our clients through the following methods:

 

  • registration of documents through online services on our website https://registry.mbr.mt/ROC/ ;
  • ordering of certificates or documents through email orders.mbr@mbr.mt and returned by post;
  • payments of penalties and fees through bank transfer to BOV account with IBAN: MT09VALL22013000000040025310447  or HSBC account with IBAN: MT91MMEB44026000000002173649001;
  • paper format documents may be left in an envelope and delivered in a dedicated letterbox at the entrance of our premises. Processing of such documents will start two working days from delivery to minimise any health risks for our employees;
  • documents addressed to the ICTU are to be delivered in the dedicated letterbox clearly indicating that these relate to share transfers. The share transfer documents will be processed and the necessary documentation will be forwarded to the MBR;
  • meetings will be held through teleconferencing only.

 

Furthermore, on-site inspections are being suspended. Our telephone lines will be operational normally and any queries may be forwarded by email on info.mbr@mbr.mt or by telephone on 2258 2300. Please refer to our website for more information regarding direct email addresses of desk officers.

 

The above procedures are being taken in full interest of our staff and clients. The cooperation of all involved is highly appreciated with the hope that such procedures are in place for a period of time which can be shortened with the cooperation of the Maltese residents.

 

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