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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2005, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Dutch 'witch' attracts tax break
A Dutch actress training to be a witch is eligible for a tax deduction for her course fees, the tax authorities in the Netherlands have decided.

They allowed the 39-year-old woman to claim 2,210 euros (1,505) for the course that lasts a year and a day.

A tax official told Reuters news agency the woman used the course "to extend her professional knowledge."

Students learn to cast spells, prepare herbs and potions and use crystal balls as well as other aspects of witchcraft.

The course organiser, Margarita Roland, said she taught apprentices all they needed to know, using magic as a force for good.

"A witch is a wise woman or man who knows about the magic of life in general and the magic of the earth in particular," Ms Roland was quoted as saying.


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