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Tax Day Freebies and Deals 2014

Look for giveaways and special offers on or around April 15 from several restaurant and retail chains nationwide.

It's Tax Day! But Don't Panic, Go Get Free Curly Fries

By David Muhlbaum

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.

We'll add more of these Tax Day bargains as we find 'em, so be sure to check back. Also 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.

Arby's. 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 a few days prior to April 15.

BLT Restaurants/ESquared Hospitality. All cocktails, beer, wines by the glass and bottles of wine will be 50 percent off all day April 15. Most of this chain's 15 locations start their name with BLT.

Boston Market. 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?

Bruegger's Bagels. 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 or sign up for its email club by April 10. The deal is available April 12-15.

California Tortilla. 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.

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 entree by completing a whole song in front of the entire restaurant. The song is up to you -- how about The Beatles' "Tax Man"?

HydroMassage. 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.

Kona Ice. On April 16, Kona Ice will hand out free cups of shaved-ice from its trucks and other locations. "No taxation without relaxation" is the tagline.

Office Depot. 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.

Schlotzsky's. 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. This sandwich consists of ham, two kinds of salami, three types of cheese and an assortment of fixings.

Sonic Drive-In. The chain's drinks and slushes will be half price all day on Tax Day. No limit, and no coupon required.

Sonny's BBQ. 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.

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Don't be fooled by this free or 1/2 off stuff. The Feds are watching and will attach a lein on you. Have you not seen their new plan to go after free stuff and bennies from your work place. As silly and simple as a gym membership is worth money and (I guess) should now be claimed as income.. IRS and the admin are completely out of control...

April 16 2014 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't need freebies when I plan smart with my finances. We all need to take a hard look at our finances on this April 15th tax day, and that includes myself. Today I took the day off from work and made a real plan for myself and my future, for the sake of my family as much as me. The first thing I did was get the life insurance I have been putting off. $26 dollars from Life Ant a month but well worth it for my wife and daughters sake. Look around online that or places like intelquote have really inexpensive policies. I decided from now on I am going to contribute 6% to my fidelity 401k. My wife and I deserve a good retirement. I am no longer going to buy lunch at work more than once a week, and I am giving up my season tickets to the Rockets next year to help fund this. I have lived selfishly long enough.

April 15 2014 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

no popular places huh??

April 15 2014 at 8:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

"Tax Day Freebies". First off, libs don't comprehend the word TAX. But they do
understand the word freebies. They feel "entitled" to everything. Obama and other
libs have encouraged them to be this way. These leaches are incompetents that HIDE behind the
notion that its the mean rich mans fault and so that makes them feel better

April 15 2014 at 7:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Master's comment

You don't have any anger issues do you? Perhaps it would help if you stopped watching Faux News and listening to Hannity.

April 15 2014 at 8:10 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

tax day freebies? still have too pay taxes. nothings free even when free because you still may have to pay taxes on what`s given to you or something you won,

April 15 2014 at 7:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

It's not doom day but it's the real April fools day for all of those people who give written permission to the federal government to withold funds from their hourly paycheck like you really have a choice and it makes you wonder why the federal government tolerate illegal workers who don't pay any income taxes only this tells you who really controlling the federal government it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figured it out and if you were one of those illegal workers why would wanna to be legal you losing your adavantage over outher legal workers and to the people who hire them would have to report their income in which it would cost them more money now who would want that I don't hear anybody complaining

April 15 2014 at 5:06 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lodz61261's comment

you have just written the worlds record for the longest sentence without a period or capotols. amazing.Call Guiness and tell them you made a discovery!

April 15 2014 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

since Pres. O' took over WH, he has proposed tax increase an over 442 times. He said, so many time, he will not going o increase tax, but that was another LIE.

April 15 2014 at 5:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to buddyboygabe's comment

but how many actually went thru congress as laws?

April 15 2014 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to roseyoung's comment

that's not the points O' promised, promised so many times, NO increased in tax for these struggling working families! Obamacare ALONE, 25 brand spank'n NEW taxes implemented by this JOKER!

April 15 2014 at 8:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

I think they needed a better picture, i love Arby's but when they show a fry holder with grease on it
and ketchup on the bill that is nasy

April 15 2014 at 2:03 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Half the restaurants listed suck. Most are not within a major city area and who the hell needs to shred tax documents? Want to give us help...lower taxes!!!

April 15 2014 at 2:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Rick's comment

I know old people who have stashed that stuff in boxes for decades and never dumped it. Plus it's for shredding any documents but the problem is that they not do it on site so you have to leave whatever documents are important enough to be shredded in their "locked drawer" until the shredding company picks it up. No thanks!

April 15 2014 at 7:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to runawayswami's comment

just buy your own shredder for under thirty bucks.

April 15 2014 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

Abolish the IRS and go to a flat tax. Put the losers out of work and then pass a bill that requires the Congress to only use the money their receive on the USA. No more aid for other countries, plus the law will state that the budget MUST be balanced and 20% must go to paying down the national debt. No more pork in the budget. NO MORE IRS.

April 15 2014 at 1:51 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to petpetdon's comment

ok now please tell us how we should all go about doing that?

April 15 2014 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply