Establishing a Malta subsidiary is the key to your success in the country. Without a subsidiary, you can’t work legally in Malta, and you won’t receive all the benefits of a global expansion. However, taking the time to establish a subsidiary means losing weeks, months, or even a year of time that you could’ve used to grow your company.
G-P offers a faster and easier way to expand through Malta subsidiary outsourcing. Our outsourcing process involves our Malta PEO, so you don’t have to set up your own subsidiary. When you reach out to us, our team will take care of hiring employees for your company, adding them to our compliant payroll, and ensuring that you meet Malta’s subsidiary laws.
How to Set Up a Malta Subsidiary
Learning how to set up a Malta subsidiary takes significant time and effort. Plus, the subsidiary process depends on a variety of factors, such as your location and type of subsidiary. We recommend starting your incorporation process by searching for the perfect city, region, or state for your company’s headquarters in Malta. The right location will have favorable Malta subsidiary laws that will allow you to incorporate more easily.
Next, you need to discuss what type of entity will match your company’s goals. Your options include a limited liability company (LLC), public limited company, free zone company, branch office, or representative office. Every entity has unique rules and regulations, so you need to find the right company structure for your business. For example, companies that need to perform a wide range of activities should incorporate as an LLC, while those handling only a few tasks can incorporate as a branch or representative office.
If you decide to establish an LLC like most companies, you need to follow these steps:
- Reserve a unique company name.
- Deposit minimum share capital.
- Register at the Companies Registry.
- Obtain a trade license.
- Obtain a company Tax Identification Number (TIN).
- Register for VAT.
- Obtain an employer identification number and register employees.
- Register employees with the Employment Training Corporation (ETC).
- Register for data protection.
Malta Subsidiary Laws
The Malta subsidiary laws that you must follow as an LLC differ from the laws of other entities. You need at least two founders who contribute a minimum share capital of 1,164.69 Euros for a private company. For a public company, the minimum capital requirement is 46,587.47 Euros. Private companies are required to pay at least 20% of the share capital upon registration while public companies are required to pay 25%. LLCs also require a company secretary and one director of any nationality who can live outside of Malta.
Since LLCs operate like resident companies, you’ll need to meet certain financial guidelines. For example, you must submit financial statements to the Inland Revenue Service each year, but they do not need to be audited. Although Malta has a high corporate tax rate of 35%, the country offers several tax incentives that can reduce the burden to 10%.
Benefits of Setting Up a Malta Subsidiary
Once you establish a subsidiary, you’ll get the benefits of working in Malta. LLCs also help companies establish an independent relationship between the subsidiary and the parent company. This setup will protect your parent company from any fines or litigation the subsidiary incurs.
While the above benefits are great ones, you won’t start to get them until you’ve spent months trying to set up a subsidiary. Fortunately, G-P makes the Malta subsidiary setup process easier through our solution. You won’t have to set up your own subsidiary to get all the benefits of working in Malta if you rely on us instead. You can use our Malta PEO to work in as little as a day or two with no stress about compliance.
Other Important Considerations
Companies that start to expand without gathering everything they need may experience fines or delays. We recommend that companies find an expert who can help them meet Malta’s subsidiary laws. It’s also a good idea to work with the rest of your company, such as your executives and finance department, to decide how much time and money you’ll need to incorporate successfully.
Let G-P Help With Your Expansion
G-P wants to help you expand to places around the globe. Reach out to us today for more information about Malta subsidiary outsourcing and our full solution.