Malta adopted the euro as the country’s currency on the 1st January 2008 and it is no longer possible to pay for goods or services in Maltese Lira. Coins and notes can be exchanged at the Central Bank exclusively until 2010 and 2018 respectively. The introduction of the Euro has brought an end to exchange related costs when dealing with Euro area countries and of course facilitates price comparisons and price transparency.
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Reclamation of local VAT
The Maltese Government imposes VAT at a rate of 7% on accommodation and 18% on all other services, however, among the beneficiaries entitled for VAT refunds are foreign traders who organize ‘business-related’ conferences, seminars, conventions, fora, meetings or sales events.
The following is a brief summary of the elements the Maltese Government is ready to consider refunds on VAT to companies holding their events in Malta:
• Transfers airport/hotel/airport and hotel/conference venue/hotel
• Food and drink in hotels which form part of an accommodation package
• Food and drink during a conference such as coffee breaks, mineral water and lunches.
• Alcoholic beverages are only allowed in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Commissioner of VAT.
• Hire of meeting/syndicate rooms
• Hire of audio-visual or technical equipment related to the conference element of the program.
• Security services in hotel/ conference venue.
• Telephone and internet services
• Electricity supply provided it is connected with the lighting of the conference venue.
• Gifts and room drops with a value not exceeding € 45.00 per delegate for the duration of the vent at the discretion of the Commissioner of VAT.
• Day delegate packages – if integrated in one package consisting of items mentioned above but excluding non-refundable items such as dinners.
• Expenditure consisting of entertainment, receptions, hospitality, food and beverage relating to hotel banqueting, outside catering, dinners, Gala evenings, activities, tours, guides etc is considered as ineligible for VAT refund.
NB. Incentive programs are not considered to be ‘business expenses’ and are viewed more as ‘entertainment’. Therefore potentially eligible items referred to above (such as Accommodation) would not receive a refund.
Kindly contact Mark Gatt on firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information on claiming VAT and we will be more than happy to assist.