The Budget Act and Other Recent Tax Changes
The seminar will discuss legislative measures passed from April 2017-September 2017 amending local tax laws. The seminar will discuss the changes brought about by Act XVI of 2017, the Act implementing Budget Measures for 2017. Act XVI incorporates important amendments relating to the tax treatment of collective investment schemes, capital gains arising from the transfers of listed shares and the tax treatment of pensioners. An enabling provision relating to the deduction of expenditure representing risk capital has been introduced too. Amendments to the Duty on Documents and Transfers Act are of interest to financial services practitioners. Other changes occurred in the course of the year.
Dr Robert Attard is Partner and Tax Policy Leader, EY, Central & South East Europe, a tenured senior lecturer at the University of Malta and member of the European Association of Tax Law Professors. He has served as Visiting Professor at the University of Ferrara paying lecturing/speaking visits at Queen Mary (University of London), CTL (University of Cambridge), Salerno (with Wirtshaftsuniversitat Wien and Naples II) and the University of Palermo. The Maltese Court of Appeal has described him as a leading commentator on tax law referring to his publications in its judgments. Robert developed a detailed knowledge of tax aspects of the European Convention on Human Rights drafting submissions in transnational cases. Robert is a published author on tax law publishing articles in European Taxation and the British Tax Review. He has contributed to several publication including a book published by Hart Publishing, 3 books published by the IBFD and several books published by the MIM. Robert's most recent tax publication is Principles of Maltese Income Tax Law (2012). Robert’s books have anticipated important changes to our tax policy system. Philip Sciberras (ex-Court of Appeal) describes Principles of Maltese Income Tax Law as ‘a must-read' describing Robert as ‘an expert in his field, ... without doubt one of Malta’s finest scholars on tax law’. Giovanni Bonello (ex-ECtHR) says that the book is ‘not just an arid explanation of the intricate and sometimes opaque provisions of taxation law, but an attempt – and a very successful one – to place fiscal law in the context of superior principles of governance ... Attard’s systematic vademecum has the makings of a textbook destined to become a classic, crucial for tax consultants, practitioners and, not least, for the victims of aggressive fiscal policies’. Philip Baker remarks that ‘Single-handedly, Robert is generating the literature which explains the structure and nuances of the system in Malta. One wishes other countries had similar authors who could write similarly enticing books to explain their tax codes.” Robert has argued most of Malta's leading tax cases including landmark judgments John Geranzi v. PM (right to justice within a reasonable time) and Case 160 of 2012 (right to information). He has also argued several successful Constitutional cases which lead to major changes to tax law.