In Romania, superstition is being taken seriuosly. Indeed, the government in Bucharest has declared the practice of self-proclaimed witches a legal profession. But the official recognition of a witchcraft comes at a price – from now on those who practice magic are to pay taxes.
In an attempt to combat the economic crisis, the government led by the Prime Minister Emil Boc, struggles to stamp out tax evasion. As a result, the newly introduced Romanian legislation recognizes astrologists, embalmers, valets and driving instructors as legitimate occupations for taxation purposes.
The introduction of the income tax of 16% and health and pension payments have caused mass outrage among Romanian witches. Indeed, now they threaten to cast a bad spell on government officials.
“We do harm to those who harm us. 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.", Alicia, one of the witches was quoted saying.
The BBC reported, poisonous mandrake plants were hurled into the River Danube and queen witch Bratara Buzea has devised a spell involving cat dung and a dead dog.
While a few witches greeted the new law as an opportunity for legalizing their practice, the majority complained their earnings are so low, as they charge $7 - $10 per session. Also, they predict the newly introduced taxes won’t help the country’s economy.