The Global Residence Programme (GRP) allows individuals who are not nationals of the EU, EEA or Switzerland to qualify for a taxable rate of 15% on foreign source income remitted to Malta, whilst also claiming double tax relief on that income.
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This programme is open to individuals that fall under the category of ‘third-country national’. This means that you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, and have not applied for long-term resident status under Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) Regulations and have not resided legally and continuously in Malta for five years.
Applicants must also not be beneficiaries of any other tax programmes that the Maltese government offers.
Foreign source income that is received in Malta is taxable at the flat rate of 15%.
There is the possibility of claiming double tax relief, subject to a minimum annual tax liability of €15,000 per annum.
All other income not covered by these conditions is charged separately at the rate of 35%.
Applicants must own or rent what is known as a ‘Qualifying Property Holding’ in Malta, which they must occupy as their principal place of residence worldwide. This means that beneficiaries of the GRP may not stay in any other jurisdiction for more than 183 days in a calendar year.
The Qualifying Property may be bought or rented. A ‘Qualifying Owned Property’ must be valued at not less than €275,000 if located in Malta or valued at not less than €220,000 if located in Gozo or in the south of Malta.
A ‘Qualifying Rented Property’ must have an annual rent of €9,600 per annum if located in Malta or an annual rent of no less than €8,750 per annum if the property is located in Gozo or in the south of Malta.
The Qualifying Property Holding must be retained on an ongoing basis. The official locations that qualify as being in the south of Malta are: Birżebbuġia, Qrendi, Cospicua, Safi, Fgura, Santa Luċija, Għaxaq, Senglea, Gudja, Siġġiewi, Kalkara, Tarxien, Kirkop, Vittoriosa, Luqa, Xgħajra, Marsascala, Żabbar, Marsaxlokk, Żejtun, Mqabba, Żurrieq, and Paola.
In addition, an applicant to this programme must be in receipt of stable and regular resources that are sufficient to maintain him/herself and any dependants.
Possession of a valid travel document is mandatory, as well as a health insurance policy that covers the applicant and all dependants. This must be valid across the EU and must provide the same cover as would normally be provided to Maltese nationals.
All applicants must be fluent in either Maltese or English, as both are national languages of the Maltese Islands.
Finally, applicants must consent to having the Inland Revenue Department carry out international due diligence to ensure that the applicant is a ‘fit and proper’ person. This will be done prior to the granting of special tax status.
Beneficiaries of this programme (applicants that have been granted special tax status) must then satisfy certain criteria on an ongoing basis. Beneficiaries of the GRP must not become a Maltese, EEA or Swiss national, or a long-term resident. They must retain the Qualifying Property Holding as well as the health insurance policy. In addition, all beneficiaries must continue to have stable resources and income.
It should be noted that there are special reporting obligations and notifications that must be complied with. Proof of the ongoing satisfaction of criteria must be provided annually.
Each application carries a one-off, non-refundable registration fee of between €5,500 and €6,000 depending on where the qualifying owned property is located. This must be paid upon application for the programme.
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Applications for the GRP can only be made via an Authorised Registered Mandatory that is registered with the Inland Revenue Department. The specialists at RE/MAX Malta will be able to guide you through the best choices in this process.