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Romanian witches avoid curse of taxes

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Macbeth Act 4, scene 1                           

OK, the witches who recently faced potential taxation were Romanian, not Scottish.

But Romania's sorceresses escaped a new tax because lawmakers in that eastern European country apparently were worried that a similar incantation (the Shakespearean version does include "wool of bat") might conjure up all sorts of trouble.

That's right. Romania's Senate rejected a proposed revenue raiser that would have required the country's witches and fortune tellers to produce receipts, as well as be held liable for wrong predictions, because legislators feared they would be cursed if it was enacted.


One well-known witch told Romanian TV that taxing the country's thousands of fortune tellers and witches would be hard partly because their income is erratic.

There was no word on whether the fortune tellers had any insight as to whether the bill would be reintroduced.

Hat tip: TaxProf Blog

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