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Malta improves late VAT payment regime

  • Mar 14, 2014 | Richard Asquith

Malta improves late VAT payment regime

The Maltese VAT authority is to lessen fines on late VAT payers, and improve communications with taxable persons looking to bring their non-compliant affairs up-to-date.

The daily penalty for late returns and payments of €15 will be scrapped.  The late penalty interest will be reduced from 9% to 6.5%.  There will also be a maximum fine limit to prevent disproportionate fines building up.  Any repayments of VAT will not be set off against the outstanding tax rather than initially against prior fines.  This will prevent on-going compounding of future fines and reductions of fines where the tax authorities took excessively long to carry-out their investigations.

The customs and VAT bodies will be merged to simplify communications, as well as to improve audit co-operation between the two.

VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.