Romanian witches to curse tax hikes..literally

Fortune tellers have been getting it easy up until now in that country, apparently, but now they’ll have to pay their taxes just like everyone else. And they’re not very pleased about that.

Romanian witches from the east and west will head to the southern plains and the Danube River on Thursday 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.

“This law is foolish. What is there to tax, when we hardly earn anything?” she said by telephone Wednesday. “The lawmakers don’t look at themselves, at how much they make, their tricks; they steal and they come to us asking us to put spells on their enemies.”

So those money making spells don’t work at all, eh? But I suppose magical earnings would get taxed anyway…

Under the new law, like any self-employed person, they will pay 16 per cent income tax and make contributions to health and pension programs.

Some argue the law will be hard to enforce, as the payments to witches and astrologers usually are made in cash and relatively small at 20 to 30 lei ($7-$10) per consultation.

Mircea Geoana, who lost the presidential race to Basescu in 2009, performed poorly during a crucial debate, and his camp blamed attacks of negative energy by their opponent’s aides.

Yes, blame personal failure on evil forces. Why not…

Yeesh.

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