Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CD6: American Mustache Institute Asks Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to Sponsor $250 Mustache Tax Cut // STACHE Act Needs Sponsor

Will Roscoe Bartlett's Mustache Create a Conflict of Interest?
FoxNews.com is reporting that mustached activists are calling for a $250 tax credit on hair care products, due to the over $1000 annual cost incurred for mustache maintenance. The advocates at the American Mustache Institute are calling on none other than Maryland's Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to sponsor the legislation, which they call the STACHE Act:
As Congress pays lip service to Americans seeking tax reforms, an underrepresented constituency has a hairy proposition -- getting lawmakers to approve a $250 tax refund for mustached Americans....

But demonstrating that the organization is not biased, AMI Chairman Aaron Perlut, who claims to personally spend "somewhere between $1,000 to $1,500" annually on grooming products, said anyone with hair care costs would be eligible for the $250 annual tax refund....

The Stimulus to Allow Critical Hair Expense Act, or 'STACHE Act, is the brainchild of John Yeutter, an associate professor of accounting and tax policy at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. Yeutter issued a 2010 white paper noting the link "between the growing and maintenance of mustaches and incremental income."

"It appears clear that mustache maintenance costs qualify for and should be considered as a deductible expense related to the production of income under Internal Revenue Code Section 212," Yeutter wrote.

The proposal doesn't yet have a sponsor, though Perlut said AMI is appealing to Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., for support. Perlut said the group is particularly interested in Hoeven, the only senator with facial hair, as AMI "actually played a significant role" in supporting his Senate campaign.

Hoeven's office was not immediately available.

This is not the first time Mr. Bartlett's facial hair has appeared in the news -- his "deviant" mustache made an appearance a JuiceBlender last November. Will the other CD6 candidates allow the incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to simply walk away with the mustache vote? If they're interested in promising to co-sponsor the STACHE ACT, they can find more information in the white paper below:

Mustached Americans And The Triple Bottom Line - Prof. Yeutter (White Paper)

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