A Maltese judge has dismissed a request to turn down a retroactive tax on tuna catches, ruling the challenge to have been made under the wrong law, reports Malta Today.
Malta Fish Farms (MFF) filed judicial proceedings in April, 2016, against Maltese fisheries authorities after it was landed with a €117,645 retrospective tax bill. Under Maltese law enacted in 2015, firms must pay a tax of €230 on every metric ton of tuna harvested since May 2015.
The company said the law gave no power to Maltese authorities to issue pecuniary regulations in a retroactive manner. MFF had asked for the refunding of the €117,645, which it had paid under protest.