Axford backs ‘Stache for cash tax break

PHOENIX — Add Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford to the list of those supporting proposed legislation to provide an annual $250 tax credit to mustachioed and bearded Americans.

“I’m just trying to help bearded and mustached fellows, like myself, try to make this country a little more handsome and better-looking,” Axford said Thursday.

The STACHE Act (Stimulus to Allow for Critical Hair Expenses) was proposed by the American Mustache Institute, the same group which, earlier this year, honored Axford as the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year.

Axford, who has no shortage of facial hair — or hair, for that matter — is joining several other celebrities in recording a public service announcement to support the AMI’s efforts.

“I know one of the guys there,” Axford said. “We were talking about it back in December and for a while, there were actually some members of Congress that were backing it, but I think maybe they realized maybe it wasn’t the best idea.”

The STACHE Act is based on a 2010 white paper, “Mustached Americans And The Triple Bottom Line”, authored by Dr. John Yeutter Ph.D., CFP. In it, Yuetter argues that the social and environmental benefits to mustache growth and maintenance provide a service to the US economy.

Of course, the proposal is all in good fun and for a good cause. For every picture uploaded to the website or the AMI’s Facebook page, H&R Block will donate $1 to Millions from One, a group dedicated to providing clean drinking water to underdeveloped nations.

“I have a lot of fun with this, but it does a lot of good, too,” Axford said. “But it would be pretty cool if it was passed.”