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A tax break for mustache maintenance?

The Million Mustache March in support of the STACHE Act and a $250 tax deduction is all in good fun, but it does point up some absurdities in the tax code.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 12, 2012 6:54PM

This post is by Robert W. Wood at


We Americans do like to tinker with our tax laws. Last year, I reported on a bill to provide tax breaks for facial hair aptly named the STACHE Act: the Stimulus to Allow Critical Hair Expenses. Professor John Yeutter and the American Mustache Institute proposed it, and this story won’t die.


If enacted, it would provide a $250 annual tax incentive for mustached Americans. Yeutter (who sports a handlebar) is an associate professor of accounting and tax policy at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. He wrote “Mustached Americans and the Triple Bottom Line.”


Since mustached Americans make more money, they should get a tax break for their mustaches, he argues. It was written in good fun, but if you think this sounds silly, you haven't read too many tax bills.


Yeutter claims the costs of maintenance (think trimming and grooming) should be deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section 212. The STACHE Act would offer a $250 deduction for mustache grooming in determining adjusted gross income. You would not have to itemize to claim this deduction, elevating the mustache above such items as attorney fees,which land thousands in the alternative minimum tax. (Post continues below video.)


Organizers now plan the Million Mustache March for the STACHE Act. An application on H&R Block's Facebook page lets you adorn your photo with a past presidential mustache.


Want something less sedentary?


How about marching from the U.S. Capitol to the White House? The march is set for April 1 -- yes, April Fools' Day. H&R Block is behind the campaign offering to donate money to Millions From One, which delivers clean drinking water to those in need.


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Mar 13, 2012 5:39PM

I'll support this hirsuit legislation!  In fact, it should be retroactive.  Since I've been sporting lip fungus for almost forty years, now, that should add up to just under $10,000 in tax refunds!

Let's here it for hair!

Mar 13, 2012 5:51PM
Just so there's no discrimination, Women who shave their pubic hair should also get a tax break.
Mar 13, 2012 5:47PM
What evidence shows people with mustaches make more money than clean shaved people. If anything they should give tax breaks for razor blades
Mar 13, 2012 7:03PM
Personally, I'd like to see a tax on people who say that their taxes aren't high enough.  Or that they'd be "happy to pay more."  It should be around 75% of income.  Call it the "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Tax."
Mar 13, 2012 6:43PM
I like the comments like David Olsen's that make it clear that he had not read the story. Really, if you had the basic facts: it was a gag ("written in good fun") by "an associate professor of accounting and tax policy at Northeastern State University" named John Yeutter (NOT a politician). So, I guess the "misuse of power" will probably be limited in scope.
Mar 13, 2012 6:33PM
Apparently most of the previous commenters didn't read the article, or don't understand the meaning of sarcasm.
Mar 13, 2012 6:28PM
YES, i am all for tax breaks, an i think the clean cut ladies should get the same break.
Mar 13, 2012 6:43PM
My wife thinks that woman should get the same tax break for waxing eyebrows and lip hairs.
Mar 13, 2012 6:03PM
really huh? Do women get a tax break for shaving their legs, pubic, etc? That would be awesome! regardless I know a Aunt who will be very happy to read this :)
Mar 13, 2012 7:08PM
Jumbob, you are absolutely accurate...seems that anytime an intellectual makes a joke there is someone named David to demonstrate that there is also a large part of our population that lack the ability to see the humor and respond with the typical knee jerk.
Mar 13, 2012 7:58PM

Hows bout a break for the ladies. We could call it the " Bikini Wax Tax Break"

Mar 13, 2012 11:21PM
But mustache rides are still free, right?
Mar 13, 2012 6:26PM
What's next??? Deductions for trips to the beauty parolr or nose hair trimmers?
Mar 13, 2012 7:24PM
Does this mean that any woman past menopause can also get monetary relief for a hairy lip? I'm on board. I have to buy Nair for my fringe lip every month. Lol. You go guy. Show me the money!
Mar 16, 2012 1:11PM
Once upon a time the Greeks had a unique process for controlling ridiculous legistlation.  The proposer stood on a platform with a rope around the neck.  If the law passed, the rope was removed.  If the law failed, the platform was removed.  History can be fun.
Mar 13, 2012 8:21PM
Brother Jim, would you agree to extra hazard pay/deductions for those going with a 'full Brazillian'?
Mar 13, 2012 6:58PM
This may be a great case for illustrating absurdity with absurdity, but it doesn't strike me as anything especially new.

I don't remember precisely who or when, but it seems to me that one of the Russian tsars of centuries gone by imposed a special tax on men who chose to grow beards.

This would be a fun, maybe fast research project for someone who has some time on their hands and is itching to look something up on the internet...
Feb 12, 2013 5:17PM

I say tax break for dancers!


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