Several times a day, I log into my favorite search engine (ok…its Google if you must know) and search for “Taxes” under the “News” section. I would be lying if I didn’t tell you I was thinking ”what the heck!" went through my mind today when I did my search.

The headlines read, “Romania: Witches must pay taxes” and “Romanian Witches Casting Spells against New Tax.”

Are you serious? What in the world is going on? What happened to the Bush Tax Cuts? Where is Obama’s latest move to change the economy? Where did all of that information go? I’m now reading about witches and their taxes.

According to Global Post, “In an effort to crack down on tax evasion and pull the nation out of a recession, Romania has decided to tax its witches. Romanian witches are not pleased and said they will respond by doing what they do best: casting a spell on the president and government.”

So, previously witches didn’t pay taxes?

The new law went into effect on January 1 and will target witches, astrologers and fortune tellers.

The AP states, “Angry witches are using cat excrement and dead dogs to cast spells on the president and government who are forcing them to pay taxes.

“And President Traian Basescu isn’t laughing it off. In a country where superstition is mainstream, the president and his aides wear purple on Thursdays, allegedly to ward off evil spirits.”

I’m floored by this and maybe I’m overreacting to this news. But, in reality in the United States clergy have been granted a pass on paying taxes. If the IRS decided to change this law, do you think the clergy would pray us to Hell?

But, then again, according to articles that came out in April, 47% of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes. Can you imagine the 53% and what they may cast on those 47%?

At Liberty Tax®, we can’t guarantee your safety from witches or other spells cast upon you, but we can make sure that your tax return is filed and correct, the first time.

-david rocci

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