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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column whose very sweet, thrifty, do-gooder mother wants everyone to know about this year’s telephone excise tax refund.Our mom wrote us an e-mail saying “TELL EVERYONE. This is the only year you will be allowed to take this deduction.”So, here ya go.It is a one-time payment available on your 2006 federal income tax return and is designed to refund previously collected long distance telephone taxes. Anyone is eligible.For those requesting this refund, it adds $30 to $60 or more onto a refund, according to the IRS website. But, sadly, early tax returns, including those filed by professionals, show that about 30 percent of taxpayers are not requesting this refund even though they qualify.

Jeesh. Let’s get on the ball people. It’s free money!! So, go to and check out the details.***Moving on, we’re sending out a Happy Birthday!! to Amanda Page (the sweet little girl pictured somewhere on this page) who is 3 years old today.Her Daddy and Momma would like to wish “Mandy Moo” a “Very Happy 3rd Birthday.” They even wrote her a birthday poem: “Now that your three,

We can’t wait to see,Just how dandy our Ms. Mandy will be on skis!”Have a great birthday Amanda!***Lastly, we’re in the mood to throw in a few more of George Carlin’s “New Rules for 2007” from Dan Streeter.

• New Rule: I don’t need a bigger mega M&Ms. If I’m extra hungry for M&Ms, I’ll go nuts and eat two.• New Rule: No more gift registries. You know, it used to be just for weddings. Now it’s for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking out the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn’t gift giving, it’s gift selection.• New Rule: When I ask how old your toddler is, I don’t need to hear “27 months.” “He’s two” will do just fine. He’s not a cheese. And I didn’t really care in the first place.***And on that note, we out, trying to get the most money we possibly can from the government.

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