Witchcraft tax deductions
Witchcraft is the practice of magical skills, spells, and abilities. In the Netherlands, witchcraft expenses are tax-deductible if they are likely to increase the individual’s employment or business income. Although the Dutch government does not recognise a witchcraft degree as a formal qualification, the cost is still tax-deductible.
Historically witches have been unpopular, with thousands burned at the stake during the 16th-century Spanish Inquisition. Today, it’s a different matter with witch numbers exploding and witches treated like ordinary law-abiding citizens. As witches need to make a living like everyone else, many witches are plying their skills to make a dollar.
For the last forty years, Margarita Rongen has run a school that certifies witches, called the ‘Witches Homestead’. Her courses run for 13 weekends a year, and participants learn healing with herbs and stones, making potions, divination and fortune-telling with crystal balls and hieroglyphs. Although the course costs 1,800 euro, graduates can start generating income from witchcraft upon graduation.