By 04736, Staff News Writer
Romanian witches may soon see earnings from their profession taxed, for better or worse.
Witches from across Romania are assembling to either protest or praise potential legislation that will tax their trade. While many are angry at the prospect of paying into social security and having their net income cut by 16 percent, others are glad to finally have their occupation officially sanctioned - "our magic skills, which are recognized and accepted worldwide, are now authorized in Romania too," says one witch.
Politicians are discussing the tax code changes as a method of easing the economic hardship that affects much of Europe. The ruling, if put into action, will also affect clairvoyants, palmists, psychics and driving instructors.
"What they did was they gathered on the shore of the Danube River, and they held mandrake -- which is a poisonous herb who's roots can resemble a human being into the river -- all the while uttering dark incantations."
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Source: American Public Media
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