Witch Tax: Romanian Witches Forced to Pay Tax
A witch tax in Romania has those practicing the craft cursing. For the first time, Romanias government is imposing an income tax on those who make money through performing spells and reading fortunes.
Romanian witches hurled poisonous mandrake root into the Danube River cursing the president and government after learning of the tax.
"What is there to tax, when we hardly earn anything?" said Alisia to the Associated Press, identifying herself with only one name as many Romanian witches do.
Other witches were excited for the new law saying it gives their income formal recognition.
Witch Melissa Minca told The Associated Press she was "happy that we are legal," as she chanted and cast a spell on the banks of the Chitila River in southern Romania.
"This law is very good," said Mihaela Minca, sister of Melissa. "It means that our magic gifts are recognized and I can open my own practice."
The Romanian government says the law is designed to generate more revenue and identify those who are dodging paying income tax.
Romanian culture has a long history of witchcraft, superstition and fortune-telling. Late Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and wife Elena had their own personal witch.
However, Queen witch Bratara Buzea is furious about the new law. She was imprisoned under Ceausescus repressive regime for practicing witchcraft.
"We do harm to those who harm us," she said. "They want to take the country out of this crisis using us? They should get us out of the crisis because they brought us into it."
"My curses always work!" she cackled.