April 15, 2014
Tax Day Freebies: Special Offers To Take The Sting Out Of April 15
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
CORRECTION: The Hard Rock Cafe offer is only valid for April 16th
April 15 is a day that many Americans dread, but several US businesses are offering free merchandise, complementary services or other special offers in order to help make the whole process a little more palatable.
Restaurant chains are among those companies stepping to the forefront, and for the fourth straight year, Arby’s will be giving away free snack-sized curly fries. A coupon for the free curly fries must be downloaded online and will only be valid on Tuesday, April 15.
Likewise, Great American Cookies is providing one free regular chocolate-chip cookie at participating stores as part of their “Income the Sweetness” promotion. According to the company, no coupon or proof of tax return is required.
“Pardon the pun, but this time of year can be taxing,” Great American Cookies vice president David Kaiser explained in a statement. “We want to provide some sweet relief to our customers and what better way to do it than with a delicious and traditional chocolate chip cookie? While filing our taxes may not be the greatest reason for a party, we do think it's a great day for everyone to come together and celebrate our country.”
Boston Market, which last year offered a “Big Rib-bate” promotion on Tax Day, will this year be celebrating with a “Tax Day Deal Chicken Meal” on Tuesday. During the promotion, customers who have finished filling out their 1040s will be able to purchase a pair of half-chicken individual meals for the all-too-appropriate price of $10.40. No coupon is needed and the restaurant chain says that it will be available at all Boston Market locations.
According to KTRK-TV in Houston, Cinnabon will be helping alleviate tax return-related stress by providing two free Cinnabon bites on Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm. Likewise, Papa Murphy’s pizza is offering large pepperoni pizzas for $5, and Schlotzsky's will be giving away small “The Original” sandwiches with the purchase of a 32-ounce fountain drink and a bag of chips.
You can also get a meal the Hard Rock Café on April 16 without having to spend any money, but it isn’t exactly “free,” according to Bruce Horovitz of USA Today. Go to one of the restaurants 40 participating locations between 5pm and 7pm local time and you can get a free entrée (approximate value $14.95) by performing a song on the live music stage.
The Office Depot is offering free shredding services to those looking to destroy tax-related forms, the Huffington Post reported on Monday, and HydroMassage is offering free massage sessions from April 14 through 18 with a coupon – a great way to help relieve some of the stress from having to itemize deductions and fill out Schedule C forms.
Even tax software providers are getting in on the act, according to Forbes contributor Kelly Phillips Erb. For example, Efile.com, an IRS-authorized electronic return organizer, is currently allowing users to efile an extension for just $9.95 and get 50 percent off of their tax return, while TaxConnections is offering a 45 day free trial membership through their website by clicking on a “Contact Us Today” button and writing the phrase “Kelly sent me to TaxConnections!”