Bermuda Signs Tax Information Exchange Agreement with the Republic of Malta

By added on 28/11/2011

Bermuda's Ministry of Finance has announced the signing of a bilateral tax information exchange agreement with the Republic of Malta, reports Business Wire. The agreement, which took place in London, was signed by H.E. Joseph Zammit Tabona High Commissioner for Malta and by Premier Paula Cox J.P. M.P. for Bermuda.

The TIEA which provides for a full exchange of information between the two countries marks Bermuda's 30th Agreement for the exchange of information on tax matters and was, said Premier Cox, a further demonstration of Bermuda's commitment to being a responsible player in the global finance sector.

"The value of signing this, our newest TIEA, is a protective and pre-emptive measure to strengthen Bermuda's position so we are exempt from harsher more punitive future legislative measures. It helps solidify our relationship with the European Union and marks the 12th Tax Information Exchange Agreement with an EU member state," the Premier said.

"Negotiations took place in Bermuda during the Global Forum held in Bermuda May 31st and June 1st of this year and I am delighted the good will created by our respective negotiating teams is solidified by Bermuda and the Republic of Malta signing the TIEA today in the UK."

"It is, therefore, truly a pleasure today to expand our TIEA network with the Republic of Malta and to continue our working relationship with Malta in the Global Forum."

Premier Cox said she was pleased to add this 30th TIEA to Bermuda's Tax Agreement network. "As with the others it includes all standard means to ensure due process is followed in tax information requests to Bermuda, including, for example, provisions to protect the confidentiality of information provided under the TIEA. The TIEA will also adhere to public policy considerations and provisions related to protecting legal privilege," she said.

Mr. Brad Kading of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR) and one of Bermuda's key industry stakeholders supportive of the islands TIEA programme said of the signing:

"We congratulate the Ministry of Finance for completion of its 30th Tax Agreement. Such with foreign governments improve Bermuda's standing in the world. It is a time consuming but necessary part of maintaining Bermuda's leadership in this area. Such agreements create opportunities to remove harmful tax provisions that exist in some jurisdiction's laws, we encourage that action."