Romanian witch tax caps off a big year for witches


A change in labor and tax codes in Romania has led to income taxes being assessed on witches. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Recently, the Romanian government passed what people are calling a “witch tax.” The tax applies to  people who are employed as witches and fortune tellers, who must now pay income taxes and into government pension funds. There seems to have been a lot of witch related media over the past year.

Curses and praises alike on Romanian witch tax

The Romanian government will start collecting income tax from witches and fortune tellers, which is being referred to as the “witch tax,” according to the Christian Science Monitor. The Romanian government re-classified certain professions to full professional status, which subjects income to taxes. Parking valets, embalmers and driving instructors are also included. The reaction has been mixed, as some in the witch trade are cursing the government, figuratively and literally. Others believe it legitimizes the trade and are for it. Witches must now pay 16 percent of their income to the government as income tax, as well as contribute to pension and health funds.

Lots of witch related media

Senatorial candidate and tea party darling Christine O’Donnell insisted she wasn’t a witch after admitting to having dabbled in witchcraft as young woman. Her campaign was apparently cursed as she was crushed at the polls, even with Eye of Newt — Gingrich, that is. The first half of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was released, which is the last film in the series. The film “Season of the Witch,” starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman, is debuting in theaters.

Witchcraft in Romania

Government officials in Romania are known to wear purple clothing on some days, as the color is said to ward off negative energy. Oddly enough, former dictator of Romania Nicolas Ceausescu and his wife kept a personal witch on staff, though he outlawed practicing witchcraft. Romania is, after all, the land of Dracula, both the literary character and Vlad Tepes, the brutal Medieval warlord and inspiration for the character.


Christian Science Monitor

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