Va. Tax Agency Puppet Mouse Promotes Online Filing

(AP) Talk about cheesy. Virginia's Tax Department debuted a video on YouTube on Friday intended to promote online filing of state income taxes.

The video opens like a trailer for a film featuring a superhero. Enter Phil Mousepower, a blue-caped and masked hand puppet _ the arm controlling it clearly visible.

Onscreen, an excited Phil cavorts around a wedge of cheddar.

The sponsor and intent of the video becomes clear at the end of the 47-second video when the words "Use Mouse Power, File Online" and the Tax Department's Web address appear onscreen.

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Phil Mousepower Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?vaxM_JPKanxg

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