Tax Day Freebies and Deals 2014
When Tax Day rolls around on April 15, you can find relief from the stress of getting your return in on time by taking advantage of a bunch of freebies and special deals that businesses will be offering on or around the filing deadline.
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Note that while many businesses distribute deals via Facebook, you don't have to be signed up to the service to view and download any necessary coupons. The offers are available only on April 15 unless otherwise noted.
The fast-food chain is offering a free value size order of curly fries again this year. You’ll need a coupon that you can download from arbys.com.
BLT Restaurants/ESquared Hospitality
All cocktails, beer, wines by the glass and bottles of wine will be 50% off all day long. Most of this chain's 15 locations start their name with BLT but check their site for one in your city.
The fast-casual restaurant chain is offering two individual meals, each including a half rotisserie chicken with a choice of two home style sides and freshly baked cornbread, for $10.40 (as in IRS Form 1040). No coupon required. Take your accountant out to lunch?
The bagel chain is reprising its “1040” special: 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese for $10.40 — about a $3.50 deduction. You have to download and print a coupon from Bruegger’s Facebook page. The deal is available April 12-15.
Mention the secret password, "taxes shmaxes," when you place your order on Tax Day at the fast-casual Mexican chain and you’ll be rewarded with free queso and chips. A purchase is required. The cheese-intolerant can substitute salsa for queso.
Doubletree by Hilton
The hotel chain is targeting its relief to two of America's highest taxed cities: Los Angeles and Philadelphia with cookie giveaways from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Liberty Place Rotunda (Philadelphia) and 3rd Street Promenade (Los Angeles). They'll also be making surprise visits to local post offices and tax offices in those cities with cookies for taxpayers and employers, as well as giving cookies to local charities.
Great American Cookies
Get a free chocolate chip cookie from participating Great American Cookies locations; no purchase or proof of filing (or even of an extension) required. First come, first serve.
Hard Rock Cafe
Musically talented (or low on inhibition)? You can take the stage at Hard Rock Cafes across America and earn a free dinner entrée by completing a whole song in front of the entire restaurant. The song is up to you — how about The Beatles’ “Tax Man”? The "Sing for Your Supper" promotion runs between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m and the exact format (and participation) depends on your local venue, so check first.
HydroMassage is offering a free massage “experience” on its user-controlled massage beds. You have to download this coupon and call ahead for availability; calling ahead isn’t required if you use a bed at a Planet Fitness location but there might be a wait. The freebie is good April 14-18.
On the day after Tax Day, shaved-ice purveyors Kona Ice will be handing out free cups of fluffy snow from its trucks and other locations."No Taxation without Relaxation" is their tagline.
Office Depot is letting customers shred up to 5 pounds of tax records (or anything else) for free through April 29. You'll need this coupon.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Customers can fill their cup with froyo and toppings for only $4.15 (as in April 15) via a coupon that will be posted on Orange Leaf's Facebook page. The chain says that amounts to approximately 50 percent off the regular price, depending on how much froyo and toppings a customer typically chooses.
If you buy a 32-ounce fountain drink and a bag of chips, the deli-sandwich chain will give you a small “The Original” sandwich for free. No coupon required. In case you’re not familiar with the Schlotzsky’s menu, the sandwich in question consists of ham, two kinds of salami, three types of cheese and an assortment of fixings.
The chain's drinks and slushes will be half price all day on Tax Day. No limit, and no coupon required.
Once you’ve given the government its pound of flesh, head on over to Sonny’s BBQ to get half off on a plate of Sweet & Smokey or House Dry-Rubbed Ribs. It’s the Irresistible Ribs Special (IRS, get it?). No coupon is required, and the chain estimates this tax break is worth about $6.25 to you.