Russians will be limited to use cash

It’s not a secret that amount of the cash turnover in developed countries is significantly limited. There are many reasons for it, among which: under non-cash money turnover the transparence of economy rises, shady reciprocal payments decrease, this leads to increase of tax performance, decline in service charge for infrastructure on issue and upkeep of bank notes and coins, it is easier to steel the money from your purse than virtual one; it’s convenient to use cards. Cardholders are offered all kinds of bonuses and discounts in worldwide trade and hotel chains.

Our country gradually turns from cash to non-cash turnover. Development of acquiring infrastructure, ATMs, mobile self-service offices, so-called «electronic money» works towards this change. However, according to the senior vice-president of the Central Bank of Russia Georgy Luntovsky, the interest of cash payment amounts more than 90% of all money turnover. Certainly, this is surplus and economically unjustified.

In order to drive the situation from the dead-lock, the Ministry of Finance produced a document that will decrease cash payments by law. According to the bill, quantitative restriction on cash payments between individuals and legal persons with the sum more than 600 thousand rubles, with the following reduction to 300 thousand rubles is to be imposed from 2014. Moreover, the companies with the turnover that exceeds 600 thousand rubles would be obliged to take bank cards everywhere.

Central Bank’s Governor Elvira Nabiullina endorsed the initiative of the colleagues from the Government, but stated that it is necessary to give the right to set limitations on eligible sum of cash payments to a megacontroller.

Apart from obvious advantages of corresponding innovations, some experts express apprehensions for the fact that now even in big cities, not considering province, the network of taking the plastic cards is underdeveloped. There is also a problem of protection of virtual money against fraudsters that develop different schemes of their theft up to chip-reading devices. All other things being equal, we should admit though that electronic money are protected more than cash in one’s own pocket, and offered innovations would just speed up the change of the companies, including retail networks, over to non-cash payment.

The Federal Contract System: a new game by old rule?

Well known federal statute №94 “The law on order placing, execution of work, state and municipal needs”, which got a lot of blames for its crudity and inefficiency when companies offered the less price instead of better quality win contests, will give place to Federal Contact System from 1 January 2014.

Under the current legislation, an inequality principle of a customer and supplier of goods and services is laid down. Thus in a case of overstepping or improper execution of a contract for the customer, the penalty is 1/300 of a refinancing entry for each overstepping. For the supplier the penalty is 1/300 of a refinancing entry without upper threshold limitation. Practically it means the customer could demand overstepping overpassing a contract value. It is nonsense in itself, which did not embarrass a legislator in time. It is easy to assume that many of the potential contractors of state or municipal customer, which make responsible use of their finances, think twice whether they should get involved in such a "gamble". In the result “owns” suppliers win tenders, and alike sanctions has declarative character for them. In case of default new tenders are organized, new agreements and other procedures are negotiated for liberation from economic responsibility.

The Ministry of Finance worked out regulations which will work in Federal Contract System. Following these regulations, the customer will be able to amerce the supplier in certain circumstances to the value of 100% from a price of a contract for sale of defective products. In due course the maximum amount of liability could be 20% of a contract. Inequality of the customer and supplier keeps again, but the upper threshold of the penalty amount, which is limited by the contract price, is denoted.

Information about State contracts and their deadlines can be obtained from daily update Globas-i® system of The CredInform information agency.