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Witch tax falls under spell

world Updated: Sep 10, 2010 00:13 IST

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Abracadabra, we'll turn all of you into toads!

That's what Romanian senators may have been fearing when they rejected a proposal to tax witches and fortune tellers.

Lawmakers Alin Popoviciu and Cristi Dugulescu of the ruling Democratic Liberal Party drafted a law where witches and fortune tellers would have to produce receipts, and would also be held liable for wrong predictions, a measure which was part of the government's drive to increase revenue.

Romania's Senate voted down the proposal on Tuesday. Popoviciu claimed lawmakers were frightened of being cursed. It's unclear if Popoviciu and Dugulescu will try to redraft the law.

Maria Campina, a well-known Romanian witch, told Realitatea TV on Thursday that it is difficult to tax thousands of fortune tellers and witches partly because of the erratic amounts of money they receive.