According to the statement of the Israel Tax Authority, the measure is needed to combat criminal organizations that use cash more often

Israel imposes restrictions on cash payments to encourage digital payments

01.08.2022 - 12:05

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What’s new? On August 1, a law went into effect in Israel that prohibits payments of large sums in cash and bank checks. Transactions exceeding 6000 Israeli shekels (~$1790) must be paid by digital transfer or debit card. According to the Israel Tax Authority (ITA), this is needed to combat illegal activity and encourage digital payments. ITA spokeswoman Tamar Bracha explained that the limitation on cash transactions is intended “to reduce cash fluidity in the market, mainly because crime organizations tend to rely on cash.”

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