Reduction in taxes on property transfers

On 8 June 2020 a package of measures intended to regenerate the economy in the wake of COVID-19 were announced. These measures included: a reduction in the stamp duty of the acquisition of immovable property (residential) from 5% to 1.5%; and a reduction in the final...

New CfR online services – electronic forms processed in real time

The Commissioner for Revenue has announced that the following 5 new online services have been launched for persons in business as from 1 June 2020: PE Registration Form, PE Deactivation Form, PE Reactivation Form, VAT – Change in Register and VAT – Maintain Economic Activity. Requests...

COVID-19 Wage supplement: SSC for self-employed

The office of the Commissioner for Revenue has issued a notice on the social security considerations relevant to self-employed persons in connection with the COVID-19 wage supplement. The notice clarifies that: The wage supplement (€800 or less) replaces or supplements the normal income of the self-employed and therefore is...

Amendment to DDTRs

LN 168 of 2020 published on 30 April 2020 amends the Duty on Documents and Transfers Rules, establishing a deadline within which duty refundable in terms of article 62 of the Duty on Documents and Transfers Act must be refunded. The new paragraphs (4) and (5)...

Revised interest rates under the DDTA

Pursuant to LN 167 of 2020 interest under the Duty on Documents Act, save as otherwise expressly provided, shall apply at the rate of 0.33% for every 30 days or part thereof. Interest chargeable in terms of article 35(4)(ii) of the Act (declaration causa mortis) shall apply at the rate of 4% per annum. These...

Deferment of Excise Duty

In terms of the Deferment of Excise Duty payable during the Months of April and May 2020 Regulations (LN 147 of 2020) published on 21 April 2020: the duty on all excise goods and services payable pursuant to the Excise Duty Act on various dates during the month of April...

Amendment to COVID19 Fiscal Measures guidelines

The guidelines on the tax deferral scheme announced last month have been revised. The updated guidelines now clarify that: Persons who have opted to pay VAT under the Mini-One Stop Shop (MOSS) are not eligible for the tax deferral scheme; Beneficiaries of the Scheme who...

COVID-19 Wage Supplement Scheme – Government Notice No. 389

Government Notice 389 published on 13 April 2020 sets out the implementing measures of the Wage Supplement Scheme announced last month. The Notice specifies the details of the scheme and its application. With regard to National Insurance Contributions and Taxes, Paragraph 4 of the Notice provides...

Suspension of Legal and Judicial Times

The General Provisions applying to the Suspension of Legal and Judicial Times Regulations (LN 141 of 2020) were published on 9 April 2020. Following the publication of the Closure of the Courts of Justice Order, these regulations suspend the running of any time periods specified under any substantive or...