Tax Breaks for Mustached Americans

The seriously funny and virile American Mustache Institute is lobbying Congress to extend a $250 tax refund for all mustached Americans. The Stimulus to Allow Critical Hair Expense Act, or ‘STACHE Act, was inspired by a white paper written by John Yeutter, an associate professor of accounting and tax policy at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

In his paper, Yeutter links mustache growth and maintenance to social and environmental benefits and a boost in the grower’s incremental income. Because the costs of mustache maintenance contribute to the economy, Yeutter argues, those expenses should be tax deductible. The tax deduction will hopefully encourage men to grow mustaches.

AMI Chairman Aaron Perlut is petitioning Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland and Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota (also the only Congressman to sport facial hair) to sponsor the bill.

To raise awareness of their efforts, AMI is organizing a Million Mustache March from the Capitol to the White House on April 1. For every Million Mustache March participant, AMI’s sponsorship partner, H&R Block, will make contributions to Millions From One–which delivers clean drinking water to those who cannot obtain it themselves. The march and bill are designed to raise-mustache awareness and money for charity, all with a good time in mind and with tongue partly in cheek, which is how AMI rolls.

You can find out more info about the STACHE Act and the Million Mustache March at the American Mustache Institute’s official website, and in this article from ABC News.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian February 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Eliminate our unconstitutional income taxes and men could easily afford to grow mustaches and pay for clean drinking water, just like all men could pre-1913. Chew on that for a minute, please.

Rick February 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Brian, that is an undeniable truth, but please realize this is for fun, as well as pointing out the absurdity in all of the overtaxation, loopholes, grants, and tax breaks. I support the STACHE act wholeheartedly.

Math You February 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

Rick, you said it all.
Support the Stache Act!

P.S. We should also have tax breaks for those of us who carry knives all the time. Between the purchasing and maintenance expenses of owning a knife, and the undeniable increase in productivity yielded by having a knife handy, this should be a no brainer!

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Collin March 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

I love this!

Big Ken March 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

My wife is of Italian desent. Will her stache qualify her for same tax break?

Eric March 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

@Big Ken, she may qualify but you’ll probably spend a month sleeping on the couch when the IRS comes by to verify your deduction.

Joseph koch March 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

‘Stasche only, or beard and ‘stasche (I have both)?

Waldo March 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I cant grow a nice musdash :-(

Dave March 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Wait. I see April 1st and I get skeptical…

If it’s on the up and up, I say huzzah – assuming my chin-curtain beard qualifies whenever I shave off the stache part.

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