Romanian taxman on witch-hunt
Witches facing possible tax clamp down
Romanian tax officials are gathering details of local witches and sending
them to Bucharest where their incomes can be assessed by the country’s Inland
Revenue over fears their tax-free spells are costing the treasury millions of
pounds a year in lost revenue.
Spells, hexes and curses are still big business in the country for about
4,000 of its witches, which charge between £9 and £90 for a spell, some of which
are even used by businesses to boost their profits, according to reports.
The average monthly salary in Romania is £150.
Only one – Gabriela Ciucur, 31, from Targu Jiu in eastern Romania – is
officially registered to pay tax.
Ciucur, who sees up to seven clients a day and charges around £6 a session,
has started issuing receipts to her clients for work that includes star-gazing,
fortune-telling and talking to the dead.