COVID-19 in Malta

Our dedicated portal for news relating to measures being implemented by Government and Regulatory Authorities

The worldwide impact of the COVID-19 virus and the challenges it brought with is wide and reaching. Within this section of our website we aim to bring to your attention, our clients and businesses, news and measures from Malta that are relevant to your operations, with a view to assist you by being prepared to respond and adapt to the situation.

Our team is closely following all legal notices, measures and updates being rolled out almost on a daily basis by the various Authorities as well as the Government.

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COVID-19 Updates

An economic regeneration plan consisting of various measures, aimed mostly at those businesses that were hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, was presented by the Prime Minister of Malta Dr Robert Abela, together with the Minister for Finance and Financial Services Prof. Edward Scicluna and Mr Silvio Schembri, Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Businesses.

Please read our full update here.

On the 25th May 2020, the Commissioner for Revenue updated the tax deferment scheme notice. It now provides for the payment deadline for those taxes that were deferred.

Please read our full update here.

To contribute to global efforts to address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak, on 22nd April 2020, the European Commission has approved a €5.3 million direct grants scheme to support research that will enable to develop innovative solutions to the current coronavirus health crisis.

Please read our full update here.

The European Commission (EC) proposed to the Member States the postponement of the entry into force of two EU taxation measures in response to the difficulties that businesses and Member States are currently facing due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Please read our full update here.

Join an expert panel from Nexia BT as they discuss the tax incentives available for businesses and self-employed individuals, specific strategic and mitigation steps that can be taken to help your business navigate through this situation.

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Nexia BT is organizing a WEBINAR to discuss and answer your questions concerning Business Resilience during COVID-19.

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The Malta Commissioner for Revenue adopts the OECD guidance on tax treaty issues arising during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please read our full update here.

A Press Release was issued by the Ministry for Finance and Financial Services on 29th April 2020, whereby the Minister for Finance, Professor Edward Scicluna, announced several new measures that the Government is taking to support businesses in dealing with the financial difficulties being faced due to the COVID pandemic.

Please read our full update here.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the various measures announced by the Ministry of Finance, including also deferral of certain VAT and income tax payments, the Malta Gaming Authority has also recognised the challenges that are being faced by operators due to the current international climate resulting from the fight against the spread of this pandemic. 

Please read our full update here.

The Commissioner for Revenue issued a notice that the deadline for the payment of the provisional tax for April 2020 is being extended to 31st May 2020.

Please read our full update here.

We recognize that certain businesses will have suffered a loss of revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic period, and as such would need to reshape their tax operations to ensure an optimal recovery.

NEXIA BT has launched a Post-COVID Tax Health Check Service for businesses that will have suffered during the global pandemic. 

Please read our full update here.

Nexia BT in collaboration with novolegal is organizing a WEBINAR on 27th April 2020 between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM to discuss and answer your questions concerning employment matters during COVID-19.

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A number of Port Notices, Legal Notices and Merchant Shipping Notices have been issued, aimed at alleviating the concerns of shipowners, managers, operators and seafarers alike, pursuant to the outbreak of COVID-19, without prejudice to the all-important backdrop of safeguarding public health.

Please read our full update here.

In addition to COVID-19 Guarantee Scheme launched by the Malta Development Bank, Minister for Finance and Financial Services Prof. Edward Scicluna announced on the 16th April 2020 that the Government will be subsidizing interest rates on the working capital loans for two years and up to a maximum 2.5%.

Please read our full update here.

NEXIA BT is organizing a WEBINAR on 13th April 2020 between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM CET to discuss and answer your questions concerning the COVID-19 fiscal measures announced so far. In conjunction with novolegal, the panel will also try to guide you through any business legal aspects to consider in this situation.

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On April 3, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) issued recommendations on the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on cross-border workers and other related cross-border matters.

Please read our full update here.

 

A key determinant in the survival of business in the COVID-19 crisis is liquidity. Malta’s leading banks have over the past week contemplated assistance to businesses which are adversely hit by the economic crisis brought about by the world pandemic.

Please read our full update here.

The Covid Wage Supplement provides the employee with a basic wage cover to address the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The supplement will be given to employers who will be obliged to guarantee that this is passed to the respective employees.

Please read our full update here.

We, at Nexia BT, remain focused on providing sound advice you and your teams require in such endearing circumstances. We are here to help you make sense of the situation, assist you in establishing your immediate priorities, as identified above, and enable the development of new ideas and concepts to allow your business to retain and grow its value.

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The MGA, referring to the developments in relation to COVID-19 has issued a notice referring to Commercial Communications Regulations to which all licencees are subject.

Please read our full update here.

On the 24th March 2020, the Prime Minister of Malta announced the third set of measures aimed at alleviating the burden which has been created by the coronavirus.

Please read our full update here.

On Sunday 22nd March, the Minister for Health Dr Chris Fearne, upon the order of the Superintendent of Public Health, notified the closure of shops retailing in non-essential goods, irrespective of the outlet of sale, that is, whether from within a shopping mall or not.

Please read our full update here.

Identity Malta Agency has implemented some protective measures with immediate effect in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

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The application for the tax deferral measure is now available online through the Malta Enterprise portal. The eligible taxes are Provisional tax, Employee taxes, maternity fund payments and social security contributions, social security contributions of self-employed persons and Value Added Tax falling due in March and April 2020.

Please read our full update here.

On the 18th March 2020, the Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Robert Abela, together with the Minister for Finance and Financial Services Prof. Edward Scicluna and Mr Silvio Schembri, Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Businesses announced further measures aimed at assisting companies and self-employed business to combat the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read to know more about the financial aid package here.

On the 16th March 2020, Malta Enterprise issued a guideline document and an application form under the Business Development and Continuity Scheme to facilitate employers providing teleworking arrangements to their employees who can carry out their work from their residence. The call shall support employers to invest in technology that enables teleworking and to partially cover the costs of teleworking solutions.

Learn more about the Teleworking Grant Scheme here.

On the 14th March, the Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Robert Abela announced several Income-Tax, VAT and Social Security measures aimed at assisting companies that are the most impacted by the current situation. He added that this is the first package of measures to take care of businesses, particularly those involved in Tourism, Hospitality, Transport and Manufacturing, which had been hardest hit by the Coronavirus problem.

Learn more about the measures here.

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