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Why has it been so hard to get rid of cash?

03 June 2014 | 4211 views | 1

Vincent Brennan, interim deputy chair for the EBA, discusses the policy roadmap behind the electronic alternative payments working group, why it has been so hard to get rid of cash and the vision for 2020.

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Melvin Haskins
Melvin Haskins - Haston International Limited - | 03 June, 2014, 11:32

Surely one reason is the black economy, which accounts for about 8% of the UK economy and more in Italy & Greece. It is not unusual in the UK for a builder to offer to undertake a job for cash. If you want to pay by any other method, then he will charge you VAT at 20%. There are no financial objectives to pay any other way than cash.

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