Cash Declaration Limit Changed

The Maldives Monetary Authority, on 17 January 2019, published the first amendment to the Regulation on Cross Border Currency Declaration Amount. The changes introduced now require passengers travelling with USD 20,000 or more, and are travelling…

Income Tax to be Introduced from 2020

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has announced that income tax will be levied from next year onwards. During the presidential address given to Parliament on 7 February 2019, the President announced that income tax will be levied on high income earners.…

Disputing a Tax Assessment

by Ali Naeem, Counsel The main concern of any business these days is whether it has fully complied with the tax laws.  Consequences of non-compliance can cost a lot in terms of money and other productive resources of the business. This is why it's…

Unsolicited Proposals Policy Introduced

On 28 January 2019, the President's Office of the Republic of Maldives published the Unsolicited Proposals Policy, which sets outs the procedures under which private sector parties can propose projects that align with the government's strategic development…

Tax Alert, 27 January 2019

This issue covers the most recent developments brought to the rules on Thin Capitalisation. Thin Capitalisation rules were initially introduced by the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) on 26 April 2018, via Tax Ruling TR-2018/B64. The new rules,…

MIRA Amends Thin Cap Rules

On 27 December 2018, the MIRA issued Ruling B68 which amends Thin Capitalisation rules issued by the MIRA via Ruling B64. Ruling B64, introduced back in 26 April 2018, concerns thin capitalisation rules with respect to the deduction of interest payments…

Year in Review 2018

Our "Year in Review 2018" summarises the crucial regulatory developments in 2018. For ease of reference, these are categorised and labelled as "tax" and "legal" developments. Most of these developments are already explained in further detail in…

Ruling G47 Explains Types of Feminine Sanitary Products

On 10 December 2018, Tax Ruling G47 was published in the government gazette which amends Section 40 of the Goods and Services Tax Regulation. Following the fifth amendment to the GST Act on 3 December 2018, sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual cups…

Feminine Sanitary Products Zero Rated

On 3 December 2018, the fifth amendment to the Goods and Services Tax Act was published in the Gazette, which introduced feminine sanitary products to the zero-rated schedule. Effective from 3 December 2018, all Sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual…