Malta is an island country in the Mediterranean Sea, lying 80 km south of Sicily, 284 km east of Tunisia, and 333 km north of Libya. The country covers just over 316 sq.km, being one of the world's smallest countries and the smallest EU Member State. Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English, and has over the years attracted a lot of foreign high net worth individuals to become resident in Malta and even benefit from fiscal benefits.
Malta Citizenship Law Developments
Malta has set itself up as an attractive second citizenship of choice for a number of reputable and successful international families around the world. Maltese citizenship law allows dual or multiple nationalities, and since a number of developments which took place in 2013, it offers upstanding persons of good repute the possibility to attain Maltese citizenship through a significant investment to the Maltese economy.
Malta Citizenship by Investment
The Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme has attracted a number of highly qualified and successful EU and non-EU nationals, including entrepreneurs and families, who were looking for an alternative family base for private, business or financial purposes. Individuals under this programme benefit from having a European passport which gives them access to the EU, of which Malta has been a member since 2004, and visa-free travel within the Schengen area which comprises over 50 countries, available to Maltese citizens since 2007. This is only one of the reasons why one would want to acquire Maltese Citizenship. There are a number of factors which make Malta such a popular immigration location, including:
- security and a high standard of living;
- hospitable multilingual people;
- straightforward monetary repatriation through an excellent banking infrastructure;
- beneficial tax schemes and an extensive network of double taxation agreements;
- remittance basis of taxation for resident non-domiciled persons.
- citizenship is granted for life
Malta Citizenship Law & Taxation
Those who obtain Maltese citizenship but do not take up residence in Malta will still benefit from a tax neutral environment. Expatriates who elect for tax residency in Malta will benefit from Malta’s unrivalled quality living and tax optimisation opportunities. Bearing in mind Malta’s growing reputation as a high quality living destination and as a tax-efficient residence option within the European Union, our Malta Citizenship Lawyers have increasingly advised on tax optimisation opportunities of moving to Malta under the best residence scheme or programme which would suit the needs of the client. For information regarding Malta citizenship tax planning considerations and pre-immigration tax planning do get in touch with us.