Prime Minister Robert Abela has pledged to reduce income tax in the next legislature by significantly widening tax bands.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Dr Abela said Malta’s economy had performed well in the past years and is expected to do better in the coming ones. As a result, a Labour government would be able to reduce income tax and raise the country’s GDP from €14 billion to €20 billion within the next legislature.

Malta Flimkien : Konferenza tal-Aħbarijiet indirizzata mill-Prim Ministru u Mexxej Laburista, Robert Abela

Malta Flimkien : Konferenza tal-Aħbarijiet indirizzata mill-Prim Ministru u Mexxej Laburista, Robert Abela

Posted by Robert Abela on Tuesday, 22 February 2022

The Prime Minister said the measure would leave a total of €66 million extra in people’s pockets, with low and medium-income earners benefitting the most.

If the changes are enacted, individuals will start paying tax after the first €10,800, up from €9,100. Parents will start paying tax after the first €12,500, up from €10,500, while the rate for married people will increase from €12,700 to €14,400.

Dr Abela added that the measure would be further bolstered with around €24 million a year in “generous” tax refund cheques that will be handed out every year of a new Labour-led legislature. 

He estimated that, as a result of these measures, an average person is expected to see their annual take-home pay increase by some €255.

After announcing the 26th March election date on Sunday, Dr Abela had announced that a Labour Government would also reduce corporate tax for businesses, which would pay 25 per cent tax instead of 35 percent tax on their first €250,000 profit.

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