Jan 6, 2011

Witches in Romania must now pay income tax

From an Associated Press report at the link below:

Everyone curses the tax man, but Romanian witches angry about having to pay up for the first time are planning to use cat excrement and dead dogs to cast spells on the president and government.

Also among Romania's newest taxpayers are fortune tellers — but they probably should have seen it coming.

Superstitions are no laughing matter in Romania — the land of the medieval ruler who inspired the "Dracula" tale — and have been part of its culture for centuries.

President Traian Basescu and his aides have been known to wear purple on certain days, supposedly to ward off evil.

Romanian witches, like the two pictured, plan to meet on the southern plains and the Danube River to threaten the government with spells and spirits because of the tax law, which came into effect Jan. 1.

A dozen witches will hurl the poisonous mandrake plant into the Danube to put a hex on government officials "so evil will befall them," said a witch named Alisia. She identified herself with one name — customary among Romania's witches.

Not every witch is threatening fire and brimstone, however.

One witch said "This law is very good. "It means that our magic gifts are recognized and I can open my own practice."

Other witches are unhappy that they will be forced to pay 16 percent income tax and make contributions to health and pension programs.