Interview: Managing Director of Dixcart Cyprus on Life in Cyprus

Robert first moved to Cyprus in 2013, after living in Madeira for 12 years. Originally from South Africa, we ask him what prompted the move.

Why did you decide to move to Cyprus?

Before moving to Cyprus, I lived in Madeira. The opportunity to work for Dixcart came up, so I spent 12 years there as head of business development. I was then asked if I would like to head the Dixcart office in Cyprus and I have lived here now for 9 years.

What are the best aspects of living in Cyprus?

Accessibility (it is really easy to travel internationally). Low crime rates. Good schools. Great quality of life. And it sounds very obvious but the weather! Anybody moving to Cyprus for the first time is in for a real treat, as the temperature can reach highs of 33ᵒC in the summer months and it stays warm and mild during the winter – it also means you can enjoy the sea all year round as the water can be as warm as 27ᵒC. Having 320 days of sunshine per year has definitely ranked Cyprus amongst the regions with the healthiest climates.

Was it easy to find a property?

Yes – there are excellent housing options available across the island.

Non-EU nationals who are coming to Cyprus under the Permanent Residence Programme have several investment options. One of the options is to invest in a permanent privately-owned residence in Cyprus, the purchase price of which must be a minimum of €300,000 +VAT.

The appeal for many individuals and families moving to Cyprus is the array of tax incentives available to Cypriot non-domiciles and the fact that real estate prices continue to remain consistent.

Do you have any hobbies?

When I am not in the office, I love heading to the beach and swimming. I also enjoy the long relaxed evenings and range of restaurants in the old town; getting lost in the old town is still one of my favourite pastimes as the architecture and history is beautiful.

What advice would you give someone who is considering a move to Cyprus?

First and foremost, I would recommend visiting Cyprus and establishing where you would like to be based. Cyprus boasts one of the most appealing climates in Europe, so many people like to find real estate close to the beaches, however Nicosia (the capital city), Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos are also popular with high-net-worth individuals.

Another important piece of advice I would give, is to research and understand the Cyprus residence programmes. EU citizens can easily move to Cyprus, without restriction, but for non-EU citizens other criteria apply and I would recommend seeking professional advice early on.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Cyprus is a beautiful Mediterranean island with an open market economy which continues to grow, predominantly lead by the service sector and real estate. Almost everyone speaks English, however, it is worth learning a few Greek words and phrases, and regardless of where you decide to settle, it is very easy to move around by car. Taxation in Cyprus is also quite low compared to most countries and there is a €19,500 set threshold before you have to start paying personal income tax which is another incentive.

As the Managing Director of the Dixcart Cyprus office, I can provide a detailed understanding of the Cyprus residence programmes to anyone who is interested in moving to Cyprus., and a summary of the obligations that need to be met. I am also available to meet should someone wish to visit Cyprus to get a better understanding of the island, a local perspective, or information on property and appropriate schools.

Please feel free to get in touch:

A Review of the Residency Routes Available in Malta


Malta, without doubt, is one of the countries with the greatest number of residency routes; there is a programme for everyone.

Located in the Mediterranean, just south of Sicily, Malta offers all of the advantages of being a full member of the EU and Schengen Member States, has English as one of its two official languages, and a climate many chase all year round. Malta is also very well connected with several international airlines, including: British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Qatar, Turkish Airlines, Ryanair, EasyJet, WizzAir and Swiss, which fly into and out of Malta almost daily.

Its location in the centre of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, with a succession of powers having contested and ruled the islands. Most of the foreign influences have left some sort of mark on the country’s ancient history.

Malta’s economy has enjoyed large growth since joining the EU and the forward thinking Government actively encourages new business sectors and technologies.

Malta Residence Programmes

Malta is unique in that it offers nine residence programmes to meet different individual circumstances.

Some are appropriate for non-EU individuals, whilst others provide an incentive for EU residents to move to Malta.

These programmes include those offering individuals a fast and efficient way to obtain a European permanent residence permit and visa-free travel within the Schengen Area, as well as another programme designed for third country nationals to legally reside in Malta but maintain their current job remotely. An additional regime is targeted towards professionals earning over a certain amount each year and offering a flat tax of 15%, and finally, there is a programme for those who have retired.

  • It should be noted that none of the Malta residence programmes have  language test requirements.

The Nine Malta Residence Programmes

Here is a quick breakdown:

  • Malta Permanent Residence Programme – open to all third country, non-EEA, and non-Swiss nationals with a stable income and sufficient financial resources.
  • Malta Start-Up Programme – this new visa allows non-European nationals to relocate and live in Malta, by establishing an innovative start-up. founders and/or co-founders of the start-up can apply for a 3-year residency permit, together with their immediate family, and the company to apply for 4 additional permits for Key Employees.  
  • Malta Residence Programme – available to EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals and offers a special Malta tax status, through a minimum investment in property in Malta and an annual minimum tax of €15,000.
  • Malta Global Residence Programme – available to non-EU nationals and offers a special Malta tax status, through a minimum investment in property in Malta and an annual minimum tax of €15,000.
  • Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment – a residence programme for foreign individuals and their families who contribute to the economic development of Malta, which can lead to citizenship.
  • Malta Key Employee Initiative – a fast-track work permit application programme, applicable to managerial and/or highly-technical professionals with relevant qualifications or adequate experience relating to a specific job.
  • The Malta Highly Qualified Persons Programme – available to EU nationals for 5 years (may be renewed up to 2 times, 15 years in total), and non-EU nationals for 4 years (may be renewed up to 2 times, 12 years in total). This programme is targeted at professional individuals earning more than €81,457 per annum and seeking to work in Malta in certain industries.
  • Qualifying Employment in Innovation & Creativity Scheme – targeted towards professional individuals earning over €52,000 per annum and employed in Malta on a contractual basis at a qualifying employer.
  • Digital Nomad Residence Permit – targeted at individuals who wish to maintain their current job in another country, but legally reside in Malta and work remotely.
  • Malta Retirement Programme – available to individuals whose main source of income is their pensions, paying an annual minimum tax of €7,500.

The Remittance Basis of Taxation

To make life even more enjoyable, Malta offers tax benefit to expatriates on some of the residence programme such as the Remittance Basis of Taxation

Individuals on the certain residence programmes in Malta that are resident non-domiciled individual is only taxed on Malta source income and certain gains arising in Malta. They are not taxed on non-Malta source income not remitted to Malta and are not taxed on capital gains, even if this income is remitted to Malta.

Additional Information and Assistance

Dixcart can assist in providing advice as to which programme would be most appropriate for each individual or family.

We can also; organise visits to Malta, make the application for the relevant Maltese residence programme, assist with property searches and purchases, and provide a comprehensive range of individual and professional commercial services once relocation has taken place.

For further information about moving to Malta please contact Henno Kotze:

Dixcart Management Malta Limited Licence Number: AKM-DIXC-23

What are the Advantages of Portugal’s Non-Habitual Resident Regime?


Portugal’s Non-Habitual Resident Regime (NHR) attracts thousands of new residents to Portugal, by offering competitive tax rates, and in the right circumstances, full tax exemptions on certain foreign income, for ten years.

Visa Opportunities in Portugal

Portugal is an attractive and popular location. Not only is it undoubtedly a beautiful country, offering an attractive lifestyle and way of life, it also offers a temporary residence visa for digital nomads, which freelancers and entrepreneurs often take advantage of, and the popular Golden Visa and the Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) programme, which when combined together, offer an interesting route for individuals to move to Portugal and enjoy very agreeable tax advantages once they relocate.

Relevance of Golden Visa and the Non-habitual Residents Regime

Portugal’s Golden Visa is less important for EU citizens, as they already have the right to live in Portugal without formal immigration or investment requirements needing to be met, but the buzz and energy in Portugal has sparked interest amongst many.

Portugal is currently attracting the affluent, as well as a wide range of other individuals, through the favourable tax regime: the NHR, which is a major motivator for both EU and non-EU citizens. 

The Non-Habitual Resident Regime Explained

NHR lasts for 10 years and is available to EU and non-EU citizens who become tax resident in Portugal, provided they have not been resident in Portugal for the previous 5 years.

Individuals can enjoy non-habitual status, whereby income derived from employment or independent individual services, from a domestic (Portuguese) source, is taxed at a special flat rate of 20%, provided the income is from high value-added activities or are of a scientific, artistic, or technical nature.

A tax exemption may apply to income derived from a foreign source.

Criteria to Meet NHR Status

The following criteria must be met:

  • The right to reside in Portugal, either by being an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, or through schemes such as the Golden Visa programme.
  • Must not have been resident in Portugal within the last five Portuguese tax years.
  • Must not have been a Portuguese tax resident in the five years prior to taking up residence in Portugal.
  • The individual must have a place to live in Portugal, this could be the rental of a modest apartment.
  • To apply for NHR, a fiscal representative, such as Dixcart, needs to be appointed in Portugal.

Additional Information

If you would like more information, and/or would like to instruct Dixcart to act as your fiscal representative, please get in touch today:

Cyprus – Routes to Residency

Individuals wishing to move to Cyprus can apply for a Permanent Residence Permit which is useful as a means to ease travel to EU countries and organise business activities in Europe.

The process is simple: applicants must make an investment of at least €300,000 in one of the investment categories required under the programme, and prove they have an annual income of at least €50,000 (which can be from pensions, overseas employment, interest on fixed deposits, or rental income from abroad).

If the holder of a Permanent Residence Permit resides in Cyprus, this may make them eligible for Cyprus citizenship by naturalisation.

Alternatively, in order to encourage new businesses to the island, Cyprus offers temporary visa routes as a means for individuals to live and work in Cyprus:

  • Establishing a Cyprus Foreign Investment Company (FIC): work permits can be obtained for relevant employees, and residence permits for them and family members. After residing for seven years in Cyprus, within any ten-calendar year period, third country nationals can apply for Cyprus citizenship.
  • Business Facilitation Unit: visas for highly skilled third country nationals – the Ministry of Finance announced in 2022, that they are introducing the Business Facilitation Unit to assist highly skilled third country employees with a minimum gross salary of €2,500 per month, to gain work permits in Cyprus. These permits will last up to three years.
  • Establishment of a small and medium sized Innovative Enterprise (Start-up visa): the core goal of the Cyprus start-up visa scheme is to allow talented, non-EU entrepreneurs from countries located outside the EU and outside the EEA to reap the benefits of residing and working in Cyprus, whilst the island benefits from the development of these innovative new businesses. There are two main schemes: (1) the Individual Start-up Visa Scheme; and (2) the Team Start-up Visa Scheme.

This visa is available for one year, with the option to renew for another year.

It is common for high-net-worth individuals to relocate to Cyprus for employment purposes. If the Permanent Residence Permit or the temporary permits are not the right route for you and/or your family, Cyprus offers another alternate way to live and work in Cyprus:

  • Digital Nomad visa: non-EU nationals who are self-employed, salaried, or on a freelance basis can apply for the right to live and work in Cyprus remotely, for up to one year. The visa can be renewed for another two years.

If you are considering relocating to Cyprus, please get in touch with Katrien de Poorter who would be delighted to speak with you:

Cyprus – Attractive Lifestyle and Tax Benefits

Cyprus Lifestyle and Tax Benefits

Why choose Cyprus for relocation purposes?

Surrounded by the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus has always been an enticing location for high-net-worth individuals considering relocation. It is a member of the EU and therefore well positioned for those who seek global mobility and ease of travel across Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa.

English is widely spoken in Cyprus, having been part of the Roman Empire and a British colony for many years, however traditions run deep through the island’s villages, with each enjoying a variety of cultural influences to share with newcomers.

Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate. Whilst small, the island is an archaeological and natural haven, with stunning seaside villages and beaches. It is also home to a large community of expats who have relocated to Cyprus to enjoy the benefits that the island, and the tax regime offers.

Cyprus offers the following lifestyle benefits:

  • A Mediterranean lifestyle and peaceful, friendly community
  • A good work-life balance
  • Excellent transport links
  • A diverse range of amenities
  • Low cost of living
  • Excellent private and state healthcare sectors
  • A large expat community
  • A high quality of education, there is the option for private education (English curriculum) or public education, as well as several international Universities located on the island
  • Attractive tax benefits

Cyprus Offers a Range of Interesting Tax Incentives for Individuals

Many high-net-worth individuals relocate to Cyprus due to its advantageous non-domicile tax regime, whereby individuals who were not previously tax resident can apply for non-domicile status.

Cypriot non-domiciles benefit from a zero rate of tax on; interest, dividends, and capital gains (apart from capital gains derived from the sale of immovable property in Cyprus), and capital sums received from pension, provident and insurance funds.

These zero tax benefits are enjoyed even if the income has a Cyprus source or is remitted to Cyprus. There are several other tax advantages, including a low rate of tax on foreign pensions, and there are no wealth or inheritance taxes in Cyprus.

Options for Relocating: Permanent Residence and Temporary Residence Permits

Individuals wishing to move to Cyprus can apply for a Permanent Residence Permit which is useful as a means to ease travel to EU countries and organise business activities in Europe.

Applicants must make an investment of at least €300,000 in one of the investment categories required under the programme, and prove they have an annual income of at least €50,000 (which can be from pensions, overseas employment, interest on fixed deposits, or rental income from abroad).

If the holder of a Permanent Residence Permit resides in Cyprus, this may make them eligible for Cyprus citizenship by naturalisation.

Alternatively, a temporary residence permit can be obtained by establishing a foreign investment company (FIC). Through this kind of international company, work permits can be obtained for relevant employees, and residence permits for them and family members. Another key advantage is, again, that after residing for seven years in Cyprus, within any ten-calendar year period, third country nationals can apply for Cyprus citizenship.

Moving to Cyprus to take up Employment.

It is common for high-net-worth individuals to relocate to Cyprus for employment purposes. If the Permanent Residence Permit is not the right route for you and/or your family, Cyprus offers several alternate ways to live and work in Cyprus:

  • Business Facilitation Unit: visas for highly skilled third country nationals – the Ministry of Finance announced in 2022, that they are introducing the Business Facilitation Unit to assist highly skilled third country employees with a minimum gross salary of €2,500 per month, to gain work permits in Cyprus. These permits will last up to three years.
  • Digital Nomad visa: non-EU nationals who are self-employed, salaried, or on a freelance basis can apply for the right to live and work in Cyprus remotely, for up to one year. The visa can be renewed for another two years.

Why Relocate to Cyprus for Work?

Personal taxation benefits:

  • A tax exemption, of 50% of employment income, is available to an individual employed in Cyprus who was resident outside of Cyprus before he/she commenced employment in Cyprus. The exemption applies for a period of seventeen years starting from the first year of employment in Cyprus, provided that employment income exceeds €55,000 per year.
  • Cyprus has more than 65 tax treaties that provide for zero or reduced withholding tax rates on; dividends, interest, royalties, and pensions received from abroad. In addition, lump sums received as a retirement gratuity, are exempt from tax.
  • A Cypriot tax resident receiving pension income from abroad, can choose to be taxed at a flat rate of 5%, on amounts exceeding €3,420 per year.

Starting a Business in Cyprus as a Means of Relocation

The reputation of Cyprus as an international financial centre has grown significantly over recent years. Cyprus is an attractive jurisdiction for trading and holding companies and offers a number of tax incentives.

In order to encourage new businesses to the island, Cyprus offers two temporary visa routes as a means for individuals to live and work in Cyprus:

  • Establishing a Cyprus Foreign Investment Company (FIC): individuals can establish an international company which can employ non-EU nationals in Cyprus. Such a company can obtain work permits for relevant employees and residence permits for them and their family members. A key advantage is that after seven years, third country nationals can apply for Cyprus Citizenship.
  • Establishment of a small and medium sized Innovative Enterprise (Start-up visa): this scheme allows entrepreneurs (individuals or a team), from countries outside the EU and outside the EEA, to enter, reside and work in Cyprus in order to; establish, operate, and develop a start-up business. This visa is available for one year, with the option to renew for another year.

Corporate Tax Benefits:

  • Cypriot companies enjoy a 12.5% rate of tax on trading, and a zero rate of capital gains tax. In addition, Cyprus tax resident companies and Cyprus permanent establishments (PEs), of non-Cyprus tax resident companies, are entitled to a Notional Interest Deduction (NID), on the injection of new equity used to generate taxable income.
  • NID is deducted from taxable income. It cannot exceed 80% of the taxable income, as calculated prior to the Notional Interest Deduction, arising from the new equity. A company could achieve an effective tax rate as low as 2.50% (income tax rate 12.50% x 20%).

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For additional information about the attractive tax regime for individuals moving to Cyprus, or information regarding relocating there, please contact:

Movement of Millionaires During 2022

According to New World Wealth who compiled the data for the Henley Global Citizens Report, a projected 88,000 of the world’s millionaires will move to a new country by the end of the year.

High-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) with a net worth of over US$1 million are extremely mobile following the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the current war in Ukraine which is having global repercussions. Due to the lockdown and travel restrictions from Covid-19, there are no specific reports for 2020 and 2021 but as restrictions have now eased, momentum is gaining as relocation has become front of mind for many of the ultra-rich.

It will come as no surprise that Russia and Ukraine are projected to see some of the biggest emigration numbers, by the end of 2022. Andrew Amoils, the head of research at New World Wealth stated in the report that “Russia [is] haemorrhaging millionaires […] Affluent individuals have been emigrating from Russia in steadily rising numbers every year over the past decade, an early warning sign of the current problems the country is facing”. Russia is projected to see 15% of their HNWIs moving (projected 15,000).

However, it is Ukraine that is expected to suffer the greatest loss of HNWIs as a proportion of its population – a huge 42% of its HNWIs, could leave by the end of 2022; a predicted net loss of 2,800 millionaires.

China and India are also predicted to see their millionaire populations relocate. General wealth growth in China has been slowly declining in the past few years, which could lead to China seeing its most damaging year yet.

India on the other hand is not so concerning. Predicted figures are suggesting that India will see approximately 8,000 HNWIs migrate during 2022, however there is also a suggestion that those who have relocated in the past, are returning. In the next few years, we would not be surprised if the HNWI population in India rises substantially, which will then make it one of the biggest growing wealth markets at that time.


During 2022, the UAE is expected to draw in the largest inflow of HNWIs, with approximately 4,000 millionaires from; Russia, India, Africa, and the Middle East moving to the country. The UAE has been known as a ‘millionaire magnet’ for many years; it has a robust international business hub, sits at the top amongst the world’s most competitive tax systems, and offers a luxury lifestyle from education, leisure activities, shopping, and hospitality, to its top-end real estate sector. With the UAE predicted to surpass the US this year, the US is rapidly losing its appeal as a haven for the world’s wealthiest.


In second place sits Australia – approximately 3,500 HNWIs will move to Oz before the end of 2022 (and according to the New World Wealth, 80,000 millionaires have already relocated in the last two decades). It is one of the largest countries in the world, rich in natural resources and fertile land, and has a thriving economy.


Singapore is a favoured location, mainly for the rest of Asia. Emerging as Asia’s top wealth management centre, this makes sense. A net inflow of approximately 2,800 HNWIs is expected to find a home in this prosperous country.


Israel sits closely behind, with large numbers of HNWIs from the UK, France and Russia set to move there; approximately 2,500 during the year.


But it is Switzerland we are keeping our eye on. Even though Switzerland is not part of the EU, it is within the Schengen area, and has always been an elite jurisdiction in which to settle down. Switzerland is projected to attract a net inflow of around 2,200 in 2022.

It has always featured amongst the top most attractive countries for high-net-worth individuals to live, being one of the world’s wealthiest countries and known for its impartiality and neutrality. In 2021 Geneva was listed as one of the wealthiest cities in the world with the total wealth held in the city amounting to US$875 billion.


A consistent favourite, fuelled by the ‘Golden visa’ of Golden visas. Over the last decade, Portugal has seen HNWIs, wealthy entrepreneurs and ultra-rich investors from around the globe, predominantly from Turkey, South Africa, and South America, but also most recently from the US, relocate to its sunny shores. With the current hype around digital nomadism and the D7 visa, the younger generation of HNW families are setting up shop in Lisbon. An expected inflow of 1,300 HNWIs is expected in Portugal in 2022.


More and more HNWIs are relocating to Greece and applying for its Golden visa programme, with millionaires from Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and China all favouriting the country. Greece is expected to see around 1,200 HNWIs apply in 2022. Dixcart has already seen interest, especially around the opportunities that are presented by obtaining a Greek residence permit but becoming tax resident in Cyprus and benefiting from the Cypriot non-dom tax regime.


Whilst just outside the top 10 list of countries gaining millionaires in 2022, Malta still has an important spot. Approximately 300 millionaires are expected to move to Malta in 2022, joining at least 2 billionaires already registered on the island.

In terms of wealth growth, the island currently has one of the fastest growing markets, with its strong economic performance in recent years being driven by its shift towards fast-growing services such as; finance, e-gaming and tourism, and its citizenship by naturalisation programme which has brought substantial new wealth to the island.


“Countries that draw wealthy individuals and families to migrate to their shores tend to be robust, with low crime rates, competitive tax rates, and attractive business opportunities,” Amoils has stated.

Dixcart Domiciles offers specialist advice regarding various residence programmes around the world. 

We can help you discover the different countries around the world that offer attractive residence and/or citizenship programmes and those that might suit you and your family best, and provide advice on a number of tax efficient solutions that might be available.

Get in touch

If you are considering relocating and would like to speak to an adviser to find out which programme and/or country best suits you and your family’s needs, please contact us:

Why is the Isle of Man a Jurisdiction of Choice

In this short article we cover some of the most attractive reasons for individuals and companies to setup or move to the Isle of Man. We’ll be looking at:

But before getting into the benefits, it might be helpful to tell you a bit more about the island and its background.

A Short Modern-Day History of the Isle of Man

During the Victorian era, the Isle of Man represented an opportunity for British families to escape to their very own Treasure Island – only, with somewhat less pirates than Robert Louis Stevenson imagined. The development of key transport links such as regular steamship crossings, on-island steam engines and streetcars etc. made navigating to the jewel of the Irish Sea all the more attractive.

By the turn of the 20th century the Isle of Man had become a thriving tourist destination, sold in the posters of days gone by as ‘Pleasure Island’ and a place to go ‘For Happy Holidays’. It is not hard to imagine why the idyllic island, with its rolling hills, sandy beaches and world class entertainment, represented a first choice for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of a modernising Britain. The Isle of Man provided a convenient, exciting, safe and rewarding place for those who ‘do like to be beside the seaside’.

However, during the second half of the 20th century, the Isle of Man simply couldn’t compete with the draw of low cost excursions to the continent and beyond. Thus, the island’s tourism sector declined. That is, save for the (semi)constant that has persisted (World Wars or COVID-19 permitting) – The Isle of Man TT Races – one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious motorcycle road racing events.

Today, the TT Races take place over multiple laps of an approx. 37 mile course and have run for well over a century; the current fastest average speed over the 37 miles is over 135mph and reaches a top speed of almost 200mph. To give an idea of scale, the Island’s resident population is approximately 85k, and in 2019 46,174 visitors came for the TT Races.

In the latter part of the 20th century to this day, the Island has developed a flourishing financial services sector – delivering professional services to clients and advisers across the world. This has been made possible by the island’s self-governing status as a crown dependency – setting its own legal and tax regime.

In more recent years, the Island has pivoted again to develop beyond financial and professional services, with strong engineering, telecoms and software development, e-gaming and digital currency sectors, and more besides.

Why do Business on the Isle of Man?

A truly business-friendly government, ultra-modern telecoms services, transport links to all major UK and Irish business centres and very attractive rates of taxation, make the Isle of Man an ideal destination for all businesses and professionals alike.

Businesses can benefit from Corporate rates such as:

  • Most types of business are taxed @ 0%
  • Banking business taxed @ 10%
  • Retail businesses with profits of £500,000+ are taxed @ 10%
  • Income derived from Isle of Man land/property is taxed @ 20%
  • No withholding tax on most dividend and interest payments

In addition to the obvious pecuniary benefits, the island also has a deep pool of well-educated expert workers, fantastic grants from the government to both encourage new businesses and provide vocational training and many working groups and associations in direct contact with local government.

Where relocating to the island is not physically possible, there are various options available to businesses wishing to be established on the Isle of Man and avail of the local tax and legal environment. Such activity requires qualified tax advice and the assistance of a Trust and Corporate Service Provider, such as Dixcart. Please feel free to get in touch to find out more in this regard.

Why you should move to the Isle of Man?

For individuals seeking to immigrate to the Island, there are of course attractive rates of personal taxation, including:

  • Higher Rate of Income Tax @ 20%
  • Income Tax Capped @ £200,000 of Contribution
  • 0% Capital Gains Tax
  • 0% Dividend Tax
  • 0% Inheritance Tax

Further, if you are coming from the UK, the NI records are maintained in both jurisdictions and there is a reciprocal agreement in place so that both records are taken into consideration for certain benefits. State pension is however separate i.e. contributions in the IOM/UK only relate to IOM/UK state pension.

Key employees can also gain further benefits; for the first 3 years of employment, eligible employees will only pay income tax, tax on rental income and tax on benefits in kind – all other sources of income are free of Isle of Man taxes during this period.

But there is so much more: the blend of country and town living, huge number of activities on your doorstep, warm and welcoming community, high rates of employment, low rates of crime, great schools and healthcare, an average commute of 20 minutes and much, much more – in many respects the island is very much what you make it.

Furthermore, unlike some crown dependencies, the Isle of Man has an open property market, which means that those seeking to live and work on the island are free to purchase property at the same rate as local buyers. Property is far more affordable than in other comparable jurisdictions, like Jersey or Guernsey. In addition, there is no Stamp Duty or Land Tax.

Whether starting your career or moving with your family to take that dream job, the Isle of Man is a very rewarding place to be. You can register on the Locate IM’s talent pool, which has been developed to help people looking to relocate to the Isle of Man find employment opportunities as easily as possible. This is a free Government service that can be found here.

How to Move to the Isle of Man – Immigration Routes

The Isle of Man Government offer various visa routes for individuals seeking to relocate, using a blend of UK and Isle of Man processes, which include:

  • Ancestral Visa – This route is dependent on the applicant having British ancestry no further back than grandparent. It is open to British Commonwealth, British Overseas and British Overseas Territories Citizens, along with British Nationals (Overseas) and Citizens of Zimbabwe. You can find out more here.
  • Isle of Man Worker Migrant Routes – there are four routes currently available:
  • Business Migrant Routes – There are two routes:

Locate IM have produced a series of case studies that give great insight into people’s experiences with relocating to the Isle of Man. Here are two very different but equally inspiring stories – Pippa’s Story and Michael’s Story and this great video made in conjunction with a couple who moved to the island to work in the accountancy sector (anon).

Happily Ever After – How Dixcart can help

In many ways, the island can still be advertised as a convenient, exciting, safe and rewarding destination for business, professionals and their families to relocate. Whether it is assistance with creating a start-up or redomiciling your existing company, Dixcart Management (IOM) Ltd are well placed to assist. Further, where you are seeking to immigrate to the Island on your own or with your family, with our extensive network of contacts, we will be able to make appropriate introductions.

Locate IM have produced the following video, which we hope peaks your interests:

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If you require further information regarding moving to the Isle of Man and how we can assist, please feel free to get in touch with Team at Dixcart via

Dixcart Management (IOM) Limited is licensed by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority.

Why Everyone is Talking about the Portuguese D7 Visa or Digital Nomad Visa

Portugal, a country with the oldest borders in Europe, is easily accessible in terms of travel to and from the rest of the world, which makes it a very popular destination. The archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are autonomous regions of Portugal and, like the mainland, offer amazing weather, a relaxed lifestyle, superb cuisine, excellent wines, and stunning scenery.

The Portugal D7 Visa, which is often called the Digital Nomad Visa or Passive Income Visa, is a good residence option for non-EU citizens who want to live in Portugal, such as digital nomads.

The D7 Visa is also an excellent option for pensioners who have sufficient passive foreign income to support themselves. This income can be, for example, from: property rentals, financial investments, profits and dividends from a company, salaries, pensions, etc.

What do you need to do to apply for the D7 Visa?


The first step is to obtain a Portuguese tax number and open a bank account at a Portuguese bank. Once the bank account has been opened, you need to deposit a minimum amount of funds, as set out below:

  • If you are applying on your own, you need to deposit EUR 8,460 per year, or more; OR
  • If you are applying as a couple, you need to deposit EUR 12,690 per year, or more.

This is a low minimum income requirement, and if you can prove that your income is above this amount, your D7 Visa application has a better chance of being successful.


The second step is to secure long-term accommodation in Portugal. This includes either buying a property (no minimum amount required on the price), or renting a property for at least 12 months.


The third step is to submit an online application for an interview with the Portuguese Consulate, in your country of residence. 

After the Portuguese Consulate has concluded the analysis of your application and the documents submitted, they will issue a Visa which is valid for 4 months, and will allow you to travel to Portugal (two entries into the country), to submit your residence permit application to the Portuguese Immigration authorities(SEF).

SEF will analyse the application and then issue the D7 Visa, which will be valid for 2 years. During those 2 years, you need to stay in Portugal for at least 6 consecutive months or 8 intermittent months, per year.

If you continue to meet all the requirements, your D7 Visa will be renewable for another 3 years.

Other advantages of a D7 Visa

  • Ability to obtain Non-Habitual Resident Status (NHR) for 10 years – this  includes exemption from tax on certain foreign income if specific requirements are met
  • Permanent Visa Free entry and circulation in the Schengen Area, for up to 90 days out of any 180 days
  • Family reunification
  • Access to Educational institutions (including those teaching in English, French and German)
  • Ability to work as an independent professional or as an employee
  • Access to the Portuguese Health care system (SNS)
  • After a period of 5 years, being able to apply for permanent residence or Portuguese citizenship.

What is the Difference between a Golden Visa and a D7 Visa?

There are two major differences between the Golden Visa and D7 Visa.

The first difference is that the Golden Visa requires a significant investment when compared to the D7 Visa.

In addition, the minimum stay requirements are very different: with a D7 Visa, the applicant cannot be outside of Portugal for more than 6 consecutive months or 8 intermittent months, in any one calendar year, whereas with a Golden Visa only 7 days a year, on average, is required to be spent in Portugal.

Why Should You Reach out To Dixcart?

There is extensive information available on the internet that may assist you in obtaining the D7 Visa program yourself, however, the truth is that this may come with many hurdles that our team are familiar with and that may be easily avoided with the help of a professional.

In addition, more than just a Visa is required when relocating to Portugal. Dixcart can provide tax planning, among other services, that can assist when relocating. Tax planning is considered necessary before your actual move to Portugal, as arriving unprepared may result in unfavourable tax consequences that could have easily been avoided.

Additional Information

Please contact Lionel de Freitas at the Dixcart office in Portugal at:, for additional information. 

Non-UK Domiciled Individuals – the Importance of Pre-arrival UK Tax Planning


Due to the impact it can have on an individual’s UK tax liability, it is vital that domicile is fully understood by those wishing to relocate to the UK permanently.

In general terms, if a non-domiciled individual wishes to move to the UK permanently and has no intention to return to their previous country, then there is a strong case they will be considered UK domiciled for tax purposes.

Effective tax planning, pre-UK arrival is therefore critical to avoid potential costly surprises in the future.

UK Domiciled vs Non-domiciled Impact

Firstly, let us briefly look at the UK tax implications for a person who is UK domiciled versus non-domiciled. Please note that both individuals are UK tax resident in the year for this illustration.

Mr UK Domiciled

  • Liable to tax on worldwide income and gains
  • Worldwide assets are subject to UK inheritance tax

Miss Non-domiciled

  • Worldwide income and gains are taxable on the arising basis
  • A claim for the remittance basis can be made which will mean Miss Non-domiciled will only be taxed on her foreign income and gains if she remits it to the UK. If it is kept offshore, she will not be subject to UK tax
  • Non-UK situs assets are excluded from UK inheritance tax

From this, we can see that Miss Non-domiciled position is usually more advantageous from a UK tax perspective. 

Determining your Domicile

In establishing whether a new domicile of choice has been created, careful consideration must be taken for the following points before making a decision to move to the UK:

  • the intentions of the individual;
  • their permanent residence;
  • their business interests;
  • their social and family interests;
  • ownership of property; and
  • the form of any Will that they have made.

This list is by no means exhaustive and there is no single criteria which determines whether an individual is or is not domiciled in the UK. Instead, a ‘balance of probabilities’ approach is taken.

Defend your Domicile

Taking into account the above, it is therefore essential to have provisions in place before arriving in the UK, to defend any potential challenge from HMRC.

Domicile enquires can be lengthy and intrusive should HMRC doubt an individual’s non-domicile claim. This can involve months or even years of correspondence involving various questions into; background, lifestyle and family and social connections, both from a historic perspective and to establish future intentions.   

Acquiring and maintaining evidence of strong, ongoing links to the country of domicile is crucial for those claiming non-domiciled status, and so is evidence of an intention to leave the UK at a future date. This can be particularly problematic on death, potentially bringing a foreign estate within the scope of UK inheritance tax.

To avoid any hiccups in the future, it may be worth considering having a domicile statement prepared, to provide contemporaneous evidence supporting the claim . 

Case Law

IRC v Bullock: Mr Bullock had a domicile of origin in Nova Scotia. He lived in England for 40 years. His wife did not want to live in Nova Scotia. Mr Bullock hoped to return there should he persuade his wife to change her mind or should he survive her. It was held by the Courts that he had a real determination to return rather than a vague aspiration. Accordingly he retained his Nova Scotian domicile of origin and had not acquired an English domicile of choice.

In contrast:

Furse v IRC: Mr Furse expressed a wish to live in England for the rest of his life save only for a contingency that he would return to the USA, should he cease to be physically able to take an active interest in his farm (situated in England). The Courts decided that this intention was so vague as to impose no limit on his intention to remain in England. Accordingly he had acquired an English domicile of choice.


From the above we can see it is difficult to make a judgement without fully examining an individual’s position in detail.

An individual’s domicile status is a fundamental factor in determining his/her liability to UK tax. It also has implications for other branches of the law.

Due to HMRC’s increased number of investigations into the tax affairs of non-domiciled individuals, you should be prepared to present a robust defence in the event of any challenge from HMRC. A domicile statement can greatly assist, to provide evidence of an individual’s intentions, where it is supported by the facts, and can be particularly useful in situations where enquiries are opened by HMRC after death.

Additional Information

If you require additional information on this topic and further guidance regarding your domicile status, please contact your usual Dixcart adviser or speak to the Dixcart office in the UK:

Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment – helping Maltese Citizens


In 2020 the Maltese government updated the citizenship legislation relating to citizenship by; birth, registration, naturalisation, dual and multiple citizenships, and exceptional services by direct investment.

A new residency route which can lead to Citizenship in Malta, was the outcome.

What are the Details of this New Residency Route?

  • ‘Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment,’ provides foreign individuals and their families, who contribute to the economic development of Malta, a route to become citizens of Malta.

Malta is a member of the European Union as well as a Schengen Member State, and its citizens can travel, live, work, study and set up business in any of the member countries, with visa-free travel rights to more than 180 countries.

Community Malta Agency (‘Agency’), is the authorised Maltese Government Agency responsible for administering the processing of all applications leading to Maltese Citizenship.

What are the Criteria?

To apply for Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment, an applicant needs; to invest in the Maltese economy directly, make a donation and hold residential property.

Direct Investment

Applicants, who can prove residency status in Malta for 36 months, prior to the naturalisation, are required to make a direct investment of €600,000. Whilst applicants who can prove residency status in Malta for at least 12 months, prior to naturalisation, are required to make a direct investment of €750,000.

If the applicant is accompanied by qualifying dependants, a further investment of €50,000 per dependant needs to be made. 

An applicant cannot apply for a certificate of citizenship by naturalisation for exceptional services, before he/she has proved that he/she has become a resident of Malta for the minimum period required.

Philanthropic Nature of Direct Investment

Prior to the issue of a certificate of Maltese citizenship, the applicant must donate a minimum €10,000 to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare or artistic non-governmental organisation or society, or as otherwise approved by the Agency.

In addition, the main direct investment made by each applicant will be used by the Government to finance projects coordinated by The National Development and Social Fund, across Malta.

Projects that Benefit from The National Development and Social Fund

The National Development and Social Fund agency (‘Fund’) was established to manage and administer 70% of the contributions received from the Individual Investor Programme of the Republic of Malta, set up under the Malta Citizenship Act Cap.188.

The Fund’s mission is to; contribute towards, promote and support significant projects and initiatives of national importance and of public interest, which are intended to develop and improve the economy, public services, and the general well-being of present and future generations.

Between July 2018 and June 2019, the total contributions, including property purchases, rents, and investments, collected through the Programme amounted to more than €271 million. This equates to approximately 2.11% of Malta’s GDP in the same period. The total amount collected, since the changes implemented in the 2020 citizenship legislation, exceed €930 million. Of these funds, approximately €515 million have been allocated to the National Development and Social Fund.

More Details about the Projects

The fund has invested in the following projects:

  • €10 million to upgrade eight health centres and 54 clinics. Previously, the Fund awarded a grant of €950,000 to Mater Dei Hospital’s Cardiology Department to upgrade its two catheterisation suites, and €5 million to Puttinu Cares to purchase apartments for cancer patients and their families in London.
  • In Feb 2019, a memorandum was signed to commit €50 million towards a social housing project. Five hundred new social housing units to be built, across 22 different sites. These sites are spread over 12 localities; Paola, Kirkop, Rabat, Żabbar, Mellieħa, Luqa, Żurrieq, Żebbuġ, Qormi, Siġġiewi, Qrendi and Marsascala.
  • In Ħamrun, a planned roof garden of around 500m2, with more than 2,500 trees, shrubs and plants including mature carob, olive and oak trees, will be featured in the square. This garden will absorb around 900 kilograms of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, whilst producing 660 kilograms of oxygen.
  • Other investments allocated by the Fund include;  €1.5 million for Caritas, a €1.5 million investment in artistic heritage, and €3.5 million in Urban Green projects.

In 2020, the Fund received €27.8 million from Community Malta Agency, with the total proceeds received from inception being €599.8 million.

Investment in Education

An agreement was signed at the Wardija Resource Centre, part of the Maria Regina College, offering special education beyond the compulsory school age. With an investment of around €40,000, teaching will take place in a multisensory room, where skills related to students’ senses will be developed.

In addition, in collaboration with the University of Malta, a new garden will be planted to create a habitat for endemic butterflies and to enhance their reproduction chances. Another section is to have an apiary where students can learn and enjoy their free time.

At St Paul’s Bay’s Primary School, a room dedicated to creativity and innovation will be launched with an investment of €35,000. Teaching will be undertaken in interdisciplinary ways, mixing; science, technology, engineering, and the arts to increase students’ scientific, literacy and critical thinking.

Finally, at Naxxar’s Senior School, an investment of around €30,000 will be used for new curtains and a mechanised projector for the school’s stage. This is to encourage students to participate in visual and artistic activities, as this will help them learn to think creatively and develop critical thinking, which can be applied in all areas of learning.

Quota for the New Residency Route

It is important to be aware that a maximum quota of 400 applicants per year has been set, with a total maximum number of applicants set at 1,500, for the entire scheme.

Additional Information

If you would like further information regarding Maltese Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment, please contact the Dixcart office in Malta: or your usual Dixcart contact.

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