On Saturday, a new labor law makes witchcraft legal in Romania. The new law makes witchcraft a legal profession, along with astrologers, embalmers, valets and driving instructors. The legislation is a move to tighten up Romania’s tax code. Such unusual professions have been able to slip through the cracks, allowing those in involved to evade paying income taxes. Earlier this year, the issue became so heated that an organized protest by witches threatened placing curses on the Romanian government. The new law has prompted one witch, named Bratara, to threaten casting a spell involving the sue of black pepper and yeast to cause ‘discord’ amidst the government.

WELLS, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 28:  Neil Tarbox from Yate waits to be auditioned for the role of a resident witch at Wookey Hole Caves on July 28 2009 in Wells, England. The Somerset tourist attraction is looking for a new witch to teach visitors about witchcraft and magic after its previous employee retired and it will come with a salary of 50,000 GBP pro rata.  The job advert, which was advertised earlier this month states that the successful applicant 'must be able to cackle' and 'must not be allergic to cats'. and has recieved 2,319 applications as well as 23 letters of complaint from church or religious groups. Legend has it that the caves were home to the Wookey Witch who was turned to stone by Father Bernard who had been appointed by the Abbott of Glastonbury to rid villagers of her curse.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Back in September, I had written about this issue before. At that time, it appeared that the government was backing down from imposing the new legislation, taking the threat of curses and spells seriously. The main problem here is one of red-tape and bureaucracy, as usual.

The argument posed by astrologers, witches and psychics is that their ‘business’ is just too difficult to keep accurate records. Their trade is erratic at best and marginal at worst. I suppose we could also question what items could be considered ‘legitimate’ deductions as operating expenses. Can a witch deduct the cost of eye of newt? Can fortune tellers deduct that new deck of Tarot cards as a legitimate business expense?

Witchcraft legal in Romania thanks to a new law which went into effect Saturday. The law includes witchcraft, astrologers, embalmers, valets and driving instructors as ‘real professions’. Those involved are working ‘real jobs’ as far as the government, and it’s tax collectors are concerned. Many witches, including Bratara, are upset with the new law and are threatening to put curses and cast spells on the Romanian government.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Dorothy Gale look-a-likes pose as Harrods opens their Wicked Witch Of The East display on December 1, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Getty Images)

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